Barristers and judges

£15,080 Average salary at age 20
£35,880 Average Salary
29 Average hours per week


Job holders in this unit group prepare and conduct court cases on behalf of clients, preside over judicial proceedings, and pronounce judgements within a variety of court settings and tribunals.

Main Tasks

  • Becomes acquainted with the facts of a case through reading statements, law reports, and consulting with clients or other professionals;
  • Advises client on the basis of legal knowledge, research and past precedent as to whether to proceed with legal action;
  • Drafts pleadings and questions in preparation for court cases, appears in court to present evidence to the judge and jury, cross examines witnesses and sums up why the court should decide in their client’s favour;
  • Hears, reads and evaluates evidence, and instructs or advises the jury on points of law or procedure;
  • Conducts trials according to rules of procedure, announces the verdict and passes sentence and/or awards costs and damages.


Entry to training requires a qualifying law degree or postgraduate diploma. Entrants then undertake a one year Bar Vocational Course followed by pupillage in one of the Inns of Court. The system for training of advocates in Scotland requires a postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice followed by two years’ training as a solicitor. The position of judge is obtained by appointment of those who have substantial post-qualifying experience in legal practice.

What Barristers and judges studied in higher education

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What Barristers and judges studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(C1) Biology1
(F1) Chemistry1
(C8) Psychology1
(F6) Geology1
(Q3) English studies1
(H2) Civil engineering1
(M1) Law by area14
(M2) Law by topic75
(P5) Journalism1
(N1) Business studies1
(X3) Academic studies in education1
(N4) Accounting1
(N3) Finance1

UK Prospects

35500 Workforce Size
7.15% Predicted growth 2020 - 2027
9873 Predicted Replacement 2020 - 2027

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