Barristers are specially trained super lawyers who advise clients on the strengths and weaknesses of their case and act as court room advocates.
Education and Training of Barristers
Academic Stage- The quickest route to becoming a barrister is to complete a Bar Standards Board approved degree which must contain the core modules which are legal research, obligations and public and criminal law. There are also optional modules which are modules such as environmental law, intellectual property and consumer law.
If a person has a degree in another subjects they are required to undertake an additional training course. The two courses available are the Common Professional Examination (CPE) or the Graduate Diploma of Law (GDL). Both of these courses cover the core modules that are needed.
Before continuing to their training the barrister to be must become a member of one of the four Inns of Court. The Inns are called the MiddleTemple, InnerTemple, Gray’s Inn and Lincoln’s Inn. The student is expected to undertake 12 qualifying sessions during their study of the Bar Professional Training course.
Vocational Training (BPTC)- The Bar Professional Training Course can be taken over one year full time or two years part time. The BPTC develops the skills required for a career at the Bar. The course is practically based and includes training such as advocacy training, role playing and case preparation. The BPTC costs between £9,500 and £15,750.
Admission to the bar- Upon completion of the BPTC, a student is eligible to be ‘Called to the bar’. This is a graduation ceremony held at the chosen Inn of Court. If the student wishes to then carry on practising as a barrister they must complete the final stage of training.
Professional Training and Pupilage- The final stage of training for a barrister is a…