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Bar Course Leader

Inns of Court College of Advocacy

About Us

Based in London, the Inns of Court College of Advocacy (ICCA) is working to improve access to the profession by delivering a new and innovative 2-Part Bar training pathway which promotes flexibility, accessibility, affordability and high standards.

The ICCA seeks to appoint a new Bar Course Leader to manage Part Two of the course which is delivered face-to-face within the precincts of the Inns of Court.

This is an exciting opportunity to play an important role in a new and impressive course. Since its launch the ICCA’s Bar Course has proven to be hugely successful in terms of the outstanding results achieved by students in their BSB exams and in relation to the high number of students who have secured a pupillage in the latest round of recruitment.

The role requires a dedicated and talented individual, capable of strong leadership and able to motivate students to be successful, ensuring that they are provided with an excellent professional education.

The ICCA will continue its role of delivering high quality advocacy materials and bespoke advocacy and ethics projects to the practising Bar for which there will be associated design opportunities. 

The Role

The ICCA seeks to appoint an outstanding individual to the important role of Bar Course Leader which requires a broad range of ability and hands-on experience in design, teaching and learning strategies, student management and leadership. This will also be an outward facing role requiring confidence and the ability to manage internal and external relationships.

Key Responsibilities

Reporting to the Vice-Dean the following sets out the requirements of the role into four separate categories; academic leadership, course management and administration; quality assurance and standards; student induction and support:

Academic Leadership

  1. Provide outstanding management for the course, ensuring that it reflects all ICCA and associated academic partner policies;
  2. Manage a team of experienced legal academics;
  3. Understand the architecture for Bar training, methods of delivery, learning objectives and course content;
  4. Be familiar with the detailed curriculum which is developed and mapped to the BSB’s Professional Statement, Authorisation Framework and other relevant regulatory and policy requirements;
  5. Be aware of ICCA’s strategic priorities, policy and procedures and forthcoming developments;
  6. Understand the marketplace including undergraduate needs and aspirations, competitor endeavours and regulatory demands and expectations;
  7. In line with the appropriate ICCA policies, investigate problems raised by students or staff and give advice on general matters relating to the course;
  8. Communicate to team members about change initiatives and give feedback from the team on behalf of the course;
  9. Teaching and assessment on the Part Two Course;
  10. Innovating in order to develop strong relationships between students and tutors;

Course management and administration

  1. Discuss proposed resource requirements for the course with the Vice-Dean to ensure the course is delivered within agreed resourcing parameters;
  2. Oversee student complaints, notification of any extenuating or mitigating circumstances and academic irregularity processes in line with ICCA policies and procedures.
  3. Address and resolve issues relating to the quality of course delivery, student satisfaction, student progress and retention as they arise;
  4. Liaise effectively and work in a professional manner with all members of the academic course team, administrative and any technical staff to ensure that students receive high quality academic support;
  5. Liaise effectively and diplomatically with a wide range of internal colleagues and external stakeholders and organisations;
  6. Provide routine and ad hoc reports and updates and contribute towards written proposals and liaising directly with contractors, service providers, our academic partner and other significant key stakeholders.
  7. Be the one of the spokespeople for the ICCA’s Bar Course and maintain relationships with external bodies, and professional, statutory and regulatory bodies;
  8. Support the Directors of Online Learning and Vice-Dean in the use and analysis of appropriate data sources to inform course development and future planning;
  9. Organise and chair the SSLC and follow up on any action points arising.
  10. Assist with the management of the ICCA Advocacy Committee, Extra-curricular events programme and mooting endeavours;

Bar Training Quality Assurance and Standards

  1. Contribute to appropriate operational, quality assurance and programme management protocols;
  2. Ensure that the Bar Course is delivered in line with programme specification and regulations;
  3. Ensure that all external examiner recommendations are acted upon and issues reported to the Vice-Dean;
  4. Assist other members of the COIC team with the design, development and review of any ICCA content and materials as necessary;
  5. Work with course team members to plan and create an annual Assessment and Feedback Plan for the course;
  6. Attend the Board of Examiners to present student results and make recommendations on behalf of the course team;
  7. With the support of course team members, prepare and submit any requisite reports;

Student induction and support

  1. Oversee the delivery of course induction, welcome events and student transition activities, working with relevant academic and operations colleagues;
  2. Oversee the election of student ambassadors and mentors; liaise with them regularly to ensure they are supported;
  3. Working with Registry staff, provide students with academic support, including any specific issues related to students with disabilities, international students, mature students etc.
  4. Refer pastoral care issues to appropriate specialist sources of guidance and support where appropriate and in accordance with ICCA policies;
  5. With relevant colleagues, ensure academic support is provided to students where progress or attendance is giving cause for concern;
  6. Ensure students are made aware of key procedures such as Notification of Extenuating Circumstances, Academic Appeals and Academic Misconduct;
  7. Contribute to the handling of academic appeals and academic misconduct issues;
  8. Support students by supplying references and any appropriate alumni activities.

Financial Package and Benefits

  • Salary £65,000 (FTE)
  • 25 days paid holiday plus bank holidays
  • Death in Service Benefit
  • 15% Defined Pension Contribution by the employer (after 3 months)
  • Private Health Insurance (after completion of probation)

How to apply

A full job description and person specification can be found via

Applications should be made by way of a CV with a covering letter setting out your suitability for the role emailed to by noon on 28September 2021

The ICCA requires the appointed candidate to be available to start work in early 2022.

Location: London
Salary: £65,000
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 10th September 2021
Closes: 28th September 2021
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