Barrister

Alternative titles for this job include Advocate

Barristers give advice to solicitors and represent people in disagreements, investigations and in court.

Average salary (a year)

£17,152 Starter

to

£200,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

36 to 38 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends

How to become

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How to become a barrister

You can get into this job through a university course or by working towards this role.

University

You could do a degree in law to become a barrister. You also have the option to do a degree in any subject and complete a Graduate Diploma in Law afterwards.

Once you've graduated, you need to complete:

  • the Bar Professional Training Course which takes one year
  • a year of practical training called a pupillage

To get into some universities you'll need to pass the Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT).

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

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Work

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

If you're a solicitor, you can apply to become a barrister if you get approval from the Bar Standards Board and sit a Bar Transfer Test.

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Professional and industry bodies

You could join the Bar Council for professional development, training opportunities and to make industry contacts.

Further information

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What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • active listening skills
  • analytical thinking skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • persuading skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In your day-to-day duties you could:

  • meet with clients and take on cases
  • research the law and cases similar to the one you're working on
  • read witness statements and reports
  • offer legal advice and your opinion
  • negotiate settlements out of court
  • prepare legal arguments and court briefs
  • question witnesses and present cases to the judge and jury

Working environment

You could work in a court, at chambers or in an office.

Your working environment may be emotionally demanding.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience you could:

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

CILEX L3 Certificate in Law and Practice

  • Provider: CITY COLLEGE PLYMOUTH
  • Start date: 26 October 2022
  • Location: PLYMOUTH

CILEX L2 Certificate in Legal Studies

  • Provider: CITY COLLEGE PLYMOUTH
  • Start date: 25 October 2022
  • Location: PLYMOUTH

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