Bar Council Training Scheme for Chinese lawyers


The Bar Council Training Scheme (BCTS) offers a unique opportunity to Chinese lawyers to experience practice at the English commercial Bar. The scheme includes a pre-training course in Beijing provided by the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), a short bespoke academic programme provided by BPP University, a series of legal seminars and vocational training sessions and, for a large part of the programme, a placement in barristers' chambers. Social and networking programmes are organised as part of the training scheme which also includes visits to key legal institutions such as courts. 

15 lawyers have been invited to participate in this year's 7-week London-leg programme which will take place from 4 June to 20 July 2018.

2018 Chambers Application Process now OPEN

How to apply

The International Committee is seeking barristers' chambers willing to host Chinese lawyers for five weeks from 15 June to 20 July 2018.

Chambers interested in hosting must be in the commercial field, do dispute resolution and have an international element to their practice. They should also be able to offer one or preferably two mentors. Placements are similar in substance to a mini pupillage and should include some of the following elements:

  • Visiting different types of courts

  • An insight into case management

  • Discussion of ethics, code of conduct and some of the challenges of practice

  • Introduction to the operation of chambers

  • The opportunity to read and research and do written work

  • Participation in meetings, conferences and chambers social event

If you are interested in hosting a lawyer, please complete the 2018 Chambers Application Application Form and send it to Lesley Orero at by 17:00 on Thursday 29 March 2018.

If you have any queries relating to the programme, please email Jessica Crofts Lawrence at or on +44 (0) 207 611 1357. 


The Bar Council China Training Scheme (BCTS) is the successor to the Lord Chancellor's Training Scheme (LCTS), but updated to take account of the extraordinary economic progress made in China since 1989 and the impressive development of the Chinese legal profession. The BCTS, now in its seventh year, builds on the success of the LCTS, which came to an end in April 2011.The original Training Scheme was established by the Bar Council and the Law Society in partnership with the School of Oriental and African Studies and the British Council. The programme was funded by the UK Government and consisted of one full year of legal training, including an academic programme at SOAS University of London, vocational training in law firms and barristers' chambers as well as visits to European institutions and some time in Hong Kong. 

In 2015, the Training Scheme celebrated its 25th Anniversary. Many of the Chinese alumni attended the event and produced articles on their time in on the programme. To read their stories, please click here

 BCTS 25th