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Barrister

What does a Barrister do?

Barristers are specialists in court advocacy and are independent sources of legal advice to their clients. They are most likely to be self-employed and working in chambers. However, you may find yourself working in government departments or agencies such as the Crown Prosecution Service or the Government Legal Profession. Employed barristers also work in private organisations such as in-house legal departments of charities and companies.

Practice areas

The work you do will depend on a range of factors, including your area of practice. However, your main role will always be to solve problems and resolve disputes. Click here for more information on over 30 different practice areas of law.

If you want a career in law, but don’t want to be a barrister, you may want to consider becoming a solicitor or paralegal.

Recommended courses

Bar Practice Course
Graduate Diploma in Law
LLB Law
Graduate Diploma in Law Online
LLB Online
Accelerated LLB
MA Law
Online MA Law

What skills does a Barrister need?

  • The ability to communicate with a wide range of people
  • Determination, stamina, self-motivation and self-discipline
  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills, alongside the ability to express arguments and ideas clearly
  • An analytical mind and a logical approach
  • Strong academic ability
  • Commercial and legal awareness
  • Advocacy skills – the ability to be an advocate for someone else and act in their best interests
  • Attention to detail and strong research skills
  • Excellent time, project and people management skills
  • The ability to remain calm under pressure and a flexible approach to working when situations change
  • Problem solving skills
  • A responsible attitude and integrity.

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