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On Campus (Sydney)


3 days


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The distinctive feature of practice at the Bar is advocacy before the courts and other tribunals. Therefore, the NSW Bar Association’s Bar examination and this UTS Law short course alike have a practical orientation, and address three key focus areas: ethics, evidence, and civil and criminal practice and procedure.

About this course

Modules covering the three focus areas will be conducted over three consecutive days:

1.  Aspects of evidence

2.  Practice and procedure

3.  Legal ethics for barristers.

During each module, participants will have the opportunity to test their understanding of examination topics through the use of practice problems and scenarios.

This model gives participants the opportunity to properly digest each module, develop good problem-solving/answering techniques and aid information retention.

The program is designed and conducted by qualified academics and practising barristers. This unique combination provides the practical approach needed to help candidates ready themselves for the examination, as well as help prepare them for the rigours of the Bar Practice Course.

This short course is usually offered twice per year, in December/January and April/May, approximately a month in advance of the NSW Bar Association's Examination.

Key benefits of this course

As a result of undertaking this course, participants should gain:

  • A greater awareness of evidentiary, procedural and ethical issues that may confront barristers
  • An appreciation of the participant’s current strengths and weaknesses in relation to their exam preparation
  • An understanding of examination and study techniques in preparation for the NSW Bar Exam.

Digital badge and certificate

A digital badge and certificate will be awarded following the successful completion of any necessary tasks or assessments to demonstrate acquired learning of the short course or for meeting attendance and/or participation requirements.

Learn more about UTS Open digital badges.

Course outline

Day 1 – Aspects of evidence

  • An examination of the Evidence Act 1995 and how it is built on a framework of relevance, exclusionary rules and discretionary/mandatory rules. This module will examine specific issues such as the application of the rules of evidence, witnesses, proof, documents, warnings/directions, privileges and so on.

Day 2 – Criminal and civil practice and procedure

  • The various aspects of the Civil Procedure Act 2005, the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 2005, as well as the relevant court legislation, rules and practice notes, providing candidates with a practical understanding of the various rules and procedures that are commonly encountered in practice. Relevant provisions from the Criminal Procedure Act 1986 and the Bail Act 2013 will also be covered.

Day 3 – Ethics for barristers

  • The various aspects of the Legal Profession Uniform Law (NSW), the Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Act 2014 and the Legal Profession Uniform Conduct (Barristers) Rules 2015. This module will provide an initial overview of the interrelationship between the Barristers Rules and relevant legislation before working through the relevant rules and legislation in more detail.

As part of this treatment of the various requirements and principles, a range of relevant authorities will be examined as a way of demonstrating the importance of the issues and how the courts have approached them.

Additional course information

Please contact the Law Short Courses team at with any queries.


It should be noted that the UTS Bar Preparation Program, like all similar courses, is not accredited or endorsed by the NSW Bar Association. This short course does not replace the examination tutorial offered by the NSW Bar Association in the weeks prior to the examination; rather, the UTS Bar Preparation Program provides complementary study support for candidates preparing for the exams.

Whilst every effort will be made to help each candidate to prepare for their examination, UTS cannot guarantee individual success at the examination.

UTS reserves the right to alter the program, or to cancel this seminar should the minimum enrolment quota not be met. A full refund will be provided for the cancellation of any short course event.


Full price: $2,675 (GST free)*

*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase. 


Discounts are available for this course as follows:

  • 10% discount for UTS alumni and staff

Discounts cannot be combined and only one discount can be applied per person per course session. Discounts can only be applied to the full price. Discounts cannot be applied to any offered special price. 

UTS alumni and staff

Please contact the team at with your student or staff number to request your discount voucher code. 

If you have forgotten your UTS student number, email with your full name, UTS degree and year of commencement.  

How to apply your discount voucher 

  • Add this course to your cart 
  • Click on "View Cart" (blue shopping trolley at top right of screen). You will need to sign in or sign up to UTS Open 
  • Enter your eligible code beneath the “Have a code?” prompt and click on the blue "Apply" button 
  • Verify your voucher code has been successfully applied before clicking on the blue "Checkout" button. 


Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided as part of your enrolment. If you have particular dietary requirements, please advise our team members via email at


If you have any specific accessibility requirements, including the need for breastfeeding facilities, please contact


To complete this course, you will need a personal computer with an operating system and web browser compatible with Canvas, the UTS learning platform.

Enrolment conditions

Course purchase is subject to UTS Open Terms and Conditions. 

COVID-19 response 

UTS complies with latest Government health advice. Delivery of all courses complies with the UTS response to COVID-19.

Who is this course for?

This program is particularly useful for candidates preparing to undertake the NSW Bar Association entrance exam.

It [the UTS Bar Preparation Program] is essential; you can’t pass the Bar without it, it is that simple.

Paul T

Really well set out - the materials, the classroom and the interaction between the barristers and the class, especially focusing on the problem questions.

Svetlana C

The discussion on problem questions and advice on the exam was very helpful; I was very impressed with the facilities. 

Gareth W

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UTS acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the Boorooberongal people of the Dharug Nation, the Bidiagal people and the Gamaygal people, upon whose ancestral lands our university stands. We would also like to pay respect to the Elders both past and present, acknowledging them as the traditional custodians of knowledge for these lands.