Are you a huge fan of TV legal dramas? Are you interested in pursuing law as a career? Then becoming a Barrister could be the perfect career choice for you.
Barristers are typically hired by Solicitors to represent organisations or individuals in court. However, members of the public can also approach them directly.
Barristers can be self-employed or work for the Crown Prosecution Service and the Government Legal Service, and they often specialise in a particular area, such as criminal law. As a Barrister, your job would be to plead each case on behalf of the client and their Solicitor.
Day-to-day tasks will vary, but a Barrister will usually:
- Receive instructions from new clients
- Manage legal briefs on their behalf
- Research past cases to find precedents that may prove useful
- Prepare cases for court and advise clients on the likely outcome
- Represent clients in court and question witnesses when necessary
- Negotiate settlements