How to become a barrister
You can get into this job through a university course or by working towards this role.
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).
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.
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.
Professional and industry bodies
You could join the Bar Council for professional development, training opportunities and to make industry contacts.
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