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I would love to be a barrister but after reading Learning the Law it seems almost impossible to do so.
Could anyone who is a barrister explain to me the process and how difficult it is?
Would my being a brown woman would affect that?
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I would love to be a barrister but after reading Learning the Law it seems almost impossible to do so.
Could anyone who is a barrister explain to me the process and how difficult it is?
Would my being a brown woman would affect that?
no being a brown woman wouldn't affect that.
a barrister is a legal advocate who represents clients in court and defends their point of view. They give specialist legal advice and represent people in court at all levels.
the process is degree/graduate diploma in law or a qualifying law degree. this is followed by the bar professional course to qualify as a barrister and work in chambers under the name of a 'pupillage' whereby aspiring barristers work alongside barristers to gain experience and work in chambers.

i would say from my experience it seems about 1 in 5 people who do the bar course gain pupillage. so it is quite difficult. bear in mind also that law students are competitive in nature and law is a competitive area in general.
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I would love to think anyone can get into the bar. But it’s very very competitive. There had been lots recently about racism at the bar -I am reading black and white by a female barrister who had often been mistaken for the defendant when In courts. But maybe now chambers will bend over backwards to prove no discrimination in future.
Ignoring that, places are very limited (1000 max a year?) and many students from all years and post university going for it. Can you fund it all, assuming it takes a few years to get a place? Then very low pay fir a while?
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no being a brown woman wouldn't affect that.
a barrister is a legal advocate who represents clients in court and defends their point of view. They give specialist legal advice and represent people in court at all levels.
the process is degree/graduate diploma in law or a qualifying law degree. this is followed by the bar professional course to qualify as a barrister and work in chambers under the name of a 'pupillage' whereby aspiring barristers work alongside barristers to gain experience and work in chambers.

i would say from my experience it seems about 1 in 5 people who do the bar course gain pupillage. so it is quite difficult. bear in mind also that law students are competitive in nature and law is a competitive area in general.
Thank you. What happens if you do not get a pupillage?
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I would love to think anyone can get into the bar. But it’s very very competitive. There had been lots recently about racism at the bar -I am reading black and white by a female barrister who had often been mistaken for the defendant when In courts. But maybe now chambers will bend over backwards to prove no discrimination in future.
Ignoring that, places are very limited (1000 max a year?) and many students from all years and post university going for it. Can you fund it all, assuming it takes a few years to get a place? Then very low pay fir a while?
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Thank you. What happens if you do not get a pupillage?
you could do work free of charge, for solicitors or barristers. while you keep looking for pupillage. or another round of applications to chambers. and ask chambers for feedback. but the main option is to look for work elsewhere from the Bar - the BPTC is valued by employers.
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