Barristers' clerk

Barristers' clerks deal with the admin in barristers' offices and organise the barristers' workload.

Average salary (a year)

£15,000 Starter

to

£60,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

39 to 41 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends occasionally

How to become a barristers' clerk

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role

University

Some employers may expect you to have a university degree. A course in law or a related subject can be useful but is not always essential.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree

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College

Many firms will look for A level or equivalent qualifications.

Doing a college course like a Level 3 Diploma in Providing Legal Services could help you to prepare for this job.

Entry requirements

You may need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) for a level 3 course

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Apprenticeship

You could get into this job through an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship in legal services or business administration.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, for an intermediate apprenticeship
  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Work

You could start as an admin assistant in a legal office and take further training on the job to work your way up. You'll usually need:

  • 4 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) or equivalent, including maths and English
  • experience in administration, legal secretarial work, accounts or management

Paid or unpaid work experience in barristers' offices, called chambers, may give you an advantage when applying for jobs.

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Further information

You can find out more about working as a clerk in a barristers' office from the Institute of Barristers' Clerks.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • excellent written communication skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of English language
  • administration skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could be:

  • preparing papers and taking books, documents and robes to and from court
  • messenger work (collecting and delivering documents by hand)
  • photocopying, filing and dealing with letters, emails and phone calls
  • handling accounts, invoices and petty cash
  • collecting fees
  • organising the law library
  • managing each barrister's daily diary and keeping their case information up-to-date
  • dealing with solicitors, clients and their barristers
  • reorganising barristers' schedules when necessary

Working environment

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

Career path and progression

With experience, you might become a senior barristers' clerk, chambers director or practice manager. In this role, you'll spend time:

  • recruiting, training and supervising junior clerks
  • bringing business into chambers
  • allocating cases to barristers
  • negotiating fees

You'll also be responsible for the financial management of the chambers.

Training opportunities

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Courses In England

Legal Studies Diploma Level 2

  • Provider: Birmingham Metropolitan College
  • Start date: 02 September 2019
  • Location: Birmingham

CILEX Level 2 Award in Legal Studies Award 2

  • Provider: MANCHESTER COLLEGE (THE)
  • Start date: 03 March 2020
  • Location: Manchester

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