How to become a barrister
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- working towards this role
- do a law degree
- do a non-law degree followed by the Graduate Diploma in Law
You would then complete a period of professional training which includes:
- the one-year Bar Professional Training Course
- a follow-on year of practical training, called a pupillage
To get into some universities you'll need to pass the Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT).
You'll usually need:
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
You could start your career by working in a law firm or the law department of an organisation.
With support from your employer, you could complete a qualification like the Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law through the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.
Solicitors can apply to become barristers by approval of the Bar Standards Board and sitting a Bar Transfer Test.