One of the perennial discussions about entry to the Bar as a profession looks at the academic requirements for entering onto the BPTC. It currently sits at a Lower Second class degree, but there is discussion as to whether the BSB should raise this to ensure that people who stand a good chance of passing the course (and of getting pupillage) can do so, while those who do not should not waste their time and a lot of money working towards a profession they will never succeed at. The link above provides a brief summary of a recent case involving the Visitors of the Inns of Court investigating an appeal against the BSB’s decision not to use its discretion to lower the academic standards for the Bar course for a disabled student. Only a small summary, it highlights the point that a competence standard is a proportionate means of ensuring success on the course. Perhaps now there is an argument for raising the entry standard to the next level and doing away with the aptitude test.