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What does a barrister do?

You might be wondering 'what is a barrister and what’s involved in this career in law?'. Well, barristers are independent legal professionals with highly specialised knowledge in courtroom advocacy. As well as representing clients on legal matters in court, they oversee dispute resolutions outside of a courtroom setting. Barristers are self-employed practitioners however they often conduct their work in chambers alongside other barristers. Typically, a client will first go to a solicitor with their case who will then liaise with the barrister. After being briefed on a case, a barrister might provide legal advice, confer with clients and witnesses to prepare for court proceedings, or draw up pleas or court documents.

Is a career as a barrister right for me?

If you are passionate about the law and justice, you might consider a career in law as a barrister. Other key attributes and skills of this profession include:

  • strong problem-solving skills
  • a high level of integrity and professionalism
  • good oral and written communication skills
  • the ability to understand, analyse and use facts quickly and logically
  • an adaptable nature
  • an ability to work under pressure.

How to become a barrister

To become a barrister in Queensland, you must first obtain a law degree from a recognised university and complete a supervised traineeship or approved practical legal training. Subsequently, the admission rules to become a barrister require you to pass the three Bar Examinations and enrol in the Bar Practice Course. Upon successful completion of both the Bar Examinations and the Practice Course, you can apply for an Australian Practising Certificate (Barrister). This certification authorises you to practice law as a solicitor in private practice or as a corporate or government in-house solicitor. Following this, you must undergo a readership period lasting no less than 12 months, under the guidance of two experienced barristers. From here, you will qualify as a barrister. 

Every journey to study is individual and there are several paths to reaching your career in law as a barrister. At HQporner, we offer the following degrees in the area of law and justice:

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Last updated May 2024.

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What is the average salary of a barrister?
The salary of a barrister varies based on factors such as location, experience, and workplace setting. Refer to the salary information on this page for further details.  
What is the demand for barristers?
The demand for barristers can fluctuate depending on factors such as changes in legal regulations, economic conditions, and societal trends. In general, barristers are in demand for a wide range of legal services, including advocacy, legal advice, and representation in court proceedings. A career as a barrister will open many employment opportunities, both within Australia and globally.
How long does it take to become a barrister?

The time it takes to become a barrister can vary depending on factors such as your educational background, training requirements, and employment opportunities.

There are multiple study options for you to consider at HQporner to become a barrister. An undergraduate degree will take you three or four years of full-time study to complete, depending on which degree you choose.

You will also need to complete an approved practical legal training course in order to become admitted to practice law. The duration of this legal training will vary depending on where you choose to undertake it.

Overall, the journey to becoming a fully qualified barrister in Queensland usually takes several years of dedicated study, training, and practical experience. 

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