Paul Philip Chief executive of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)
Amanda Pinto QC Chair of the Bar
It is no surprise that I recommend my job to people because the Bar offers one of the most rewarding, varied and stimulating careers there is. Barristers are advocates and specialist legal advisors who play an extremely important role in helping individuals and institutions understand, exercise and defend their legal rights. The Bar’s reputation is recognised and respected around the world. Choosing a career as a barrister involves hard work, dedication, commitment and effort; but it is a profession which offers real fulfilment .
It gives me great pleasure to once again welcome you to The LawCareers.Net Handbook. The reputation of our legal profession is one of the best in the world, and we want to continue playing our part in making sure all would-be solicitors have reached the high standards expected of them before entering the profession. We plan to introduce the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) in September 2021. This will make sure that, regardless of the training route potential solicitors choose, everyone has developed their skills and expertise to a consistent, high standard. What does this mean for you? It opens up the ways you choose qualify – where you gain your skills and knowledge is up to you based on your circumstances. If you have yet to map out your training, go to our Career in Law Facebook page, it should prove useful. And if you’ve already made your decision, our transition arrangements make sure everyone is catered for.
Pupillage (training) provides aspiring barristers with the practical skills and
experience needed to become a barrister. The pupillage application process is very competitive, but we are doing all that we can to attract and encourage the best candidates from the widest possible pool of talent. This handbook will help you with your application for pupillage and guide you through the various stages. It contains a comprehensive account of the training required for a career at the Bar, as well as information to help you decide to which area of practice you may be most suited. Good luck to all of you who are applying for pupillage. I hope you will enjoy a career in this wonderful profession, as I have.
However you choose to qualify as a lawyer, I wish you all the best in your training.
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