There are three ways on becoming a Barrister which are; through a law degree, non law degree and ILEX route. Those with a 2:1 or first law degree then go on to join one of the Inns of Court which are situated near the Royal Courts of Justice in London. The four of them are; Lincoln’s Inn, Inner Temple, Gray’s Inn and Middle Temple. The next stage is the Bar vocational course, which is for 2 years. In addition, skills such as Advocacy, which most of the barristers specialise in, as they work in court, they learn how to prepare a case, interview clients , negotiation, pleading which are pre trial documents and opinions on a particular area of law which have been asked by the solicitor to the barrister to write. They are collectively referred to as the “Bar”. The last stage is to secure a “pupillages” which lasts for 1 year. In this year, six months are spent shadowing the pupil master, the Barrister is called a pupil at this point. In the best six months, the barrister can start to appear in court and can also try out cases. The one disadvantage is that competition for pupillages is fierce. Common professional development also has to be done to continue the knowledge of learning up to date law.
Those without a law degree, have to take the common professional education, which is now known as the Graduate Diploma of Law which is for one year. This consists of six core topics related to law which have to be learnt. Ironically, a barrister who has a law degree has been studying law for three years whereas those barristers without a law degree have only studied the six core topics for one year and this doesn’t seem fair!
They then have to join one of the Inns of Court, in the same way as barristers who have a law degree and then join the Bar vocational course also known as the BVC. A pupillage has to be secured at the end.
The last and third way of becoming a barrister Is through the ILEX route which stands for the Institute of Legal executives. They only require...