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Overview

Barristers plead cases before civil, criminal and industrial courts and other tribunals.

Day-to-day

  • receiving written information in the form of briefs and verbal instructions concerning cases from Solicitors, other specialist Legal Professionals and clients
  • providing advice and written opinions on points of law
  • conferring with clients and witnesses in preparation for court proceedings
  • drawing up pleadings, affidavits and other court documents
  • researching statutes and previous court decisions relevant to cases
  • outlining the facts to the court, calling and questioning witnesses, and making addresses to the court to argue a client's case
  • providing opinion on complex legal issues
  • may draw up or settle documents.

Considerations

  • stressful.

To become a Barrister

  • To work as a Barrister you need to complete a law degree, take a Bar Examination and obtain an Australian Practising Certificate (Barrister).

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  • Registration or licencing may be required.

Skills employers are looking for

  • Prosecution

  • Organisational Skills

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  • Instruction

  • Litigation

  • Record Keeping

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