How to become a barrister

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The steps typically taken to become a barrister involve three main stages of training:

  • Academic Stage: an undergraduate degree in law (LLB), or an undergraduate degree in any other subject followed by the conversion course

  • Vocational Stage: the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), which entails one year of full time study or two years' part time study

After training, the final stage is to obtain tenancy in a set of barristers' chambers as a self-employed barrister, or to go into practice as an employed barrister.