Becoming a Barrister

Improve Your Chances of Becoming a Lawyer

What do I need to do to become a barrister?

Intending barristers can take a law or non-law degree, but those with a non-law degree need to follow this with a one year postgraduate conversion course (known as the GDL).

All students then take the one year Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), and then complete two six month periods of pupillage i.e. they work for 12 months under the guidance of an experienced barrister or pupil master/ mistress.

The vast majority of barristers’ chambers require a minimum grade of 2:1 at degree level.

Work experience in barristers’ chambers (a ‘mini-pupillage’) is very desirable, if not essential.

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