Fancy yourself as the next Atticus Finch? Career Consultant Steve Carter shares his top advice for aspiring barristers. All of the below is taken from talks given by both junior and senior barristers as well as serving judges.
What do Barristers do?
In essence a barrister ‘crafts legal arguments to persuade a jury/judge of the efficacy of their case.
Barristers have to be practical; can the problem be solved any other way? They also have to be commercially aware both for their clients and, as they are often self employed, for themselves.
Away from self-employment there are government barristers working for the Government Legal Service. For this awareness of the wider political context is required as they help to frame legislation.