Life at the Bar
The Bar is a diverse profession and as such barristers'
lifestyles differ enormously. If you become a practising barrister,
your lifestyle will depend on your practice area(s), your
specialisations, whether you practise as a self-employed or
employed barrister (or both), the chambers you join, the work that
you undertake and many other factors. As a self-employed barrister
in a predominantly criminal and family set, you could be on your
feet every day in court, dealing directly with your lay
clients, working with solicitors, social workers, family liaison
officers, translators and litigation friends. Or you could be at
the employed Bar, supplying legal services to your employer only,
with an entirely paper based practice. Most barristers agree that
no two days are the same.
In order to see what life at the Bar is like, you need to
undertake mini-pupillages, court visits and as much other legal
experience (including working in a solicitors' firm or Citizens
Advice Bureau etc) as you can.