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What is it like to be a Barrister?

Barristers are legal practitioners who have specialist education and training to legally represent clients on legal matters in court, such as for trials, hearings and tribunals. Barristers generally work for themselves and receive instruction and briefings on legal cases from solicitors. They may also be involved with other legal work such as mediation or legal referees.

For more information about a career as an Barrister, visit the Job Outlook website.

Employment level (thousands)

This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.

Average weekly total cash earnings (before tax)

This data shows average weekly cash earnings for the occupation (rounded figure). These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2014.

Is it right for me?

The success of a barrister is heavily reliant on their problem solving skills and dedication. As a barrister you will have a high moral standard and have a proactive mindset.

  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Able to understand, analyse and use facts quickly and logically
  • Able to work under pressure and deal with a variety of people
  • Integrity and good character.

To become a Barrister

To be able to become a Barrister, your study options will change based on your previous study experience or your preferred study pathway:

Professional Accreditation

The Bachelor of Laws has been accredited by the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board, Queensland, and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland as an approved academic qualification under the Supreme Court (Admission) Rules 2004 (Qld).

This will partially satisfy the requirements to practice as a solicitor or barrister in Queensland, or as a legal practitioner elsewhere in Australia. Graduates of USQ law degrees then need to complete an approved practical legal training course in order to become admitted to practice.

USQ law graduates have the option of completing their practical legal training through a one-year traineeship in a law practice, or through an institution that offers a practical legal training qualification.


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