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Do you need to take "the bar" after LLB?
« on: December 11, 2015, 03:32:36 pm »
Does practicing Law in Australia need anything more than your LLB?
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Re: Do you need to take "the bar" after LLB?
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2015, 04:42:47 pm »
Google is your friend. https://www.vicbar.com.au/about-us/information-for-students/faq

How do I become a barrister?

You need a law degree or juris doctor qualification from university

You need to complete practical legal training and then be admitted to 'practise' as a lawyer. This means that you are a qualified legal practitioner and you can choose to work as either a barrister or a solicitor.

To become a barrister, you then need to spend 9 months in training, called 'reading'

For part of the reading period, you will enrol in the training course for barristers (called 'Bar Readers' Course'). If you pass, you are entitled to work as a barrister (your name and signature will appear on the 'Roll of Counsel' of the Victorian Bar, which means you are a barrister). Then you can accept briefs!

For the remainder of the reading period you can work on your own, but you will have another barrister who will help you learn about the job and shares his or her chambers with you until you are ready to go out on your own.

What is the Bar Readers' course?

The Bar Readers' course is run by the Bar Office. It runs for approximately 3 months, commencing in March and September of each year. There are around 50 participants in each intake, determined by an entrance exam. A fee is charged for the course. For more details see our 'How to become a Barrister' pages.The course involves a number of lectures, tutorials and practical exercises designed to help equip participants for life at the Bar. The practical exercises include the preparation of court documents and moots, which are video-taped to assist participants review their performances.


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Re: Do you need to take "the bar" after LLB?
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2015, 06:43:22 pm »
What pi said.

The answer to the question about 'anything more than the LLB' is basically yes. To work as a solicitor, you'll need to complete your PLT (Practical Legal Training) after your LLB. This can be done through a law firm, or directly through a provider, e.g. Leo Cussen: http://www.leocussen.edu.au/cb_pages/ptc.php

Once you're a solicitor you have the option of becoming a barrister (bar reader's course - 'the bar'), although generally you'd work for some years as a solicitor first. Being a barrister basically means you're a gun-for-hire, which means you need a client base to actually make any money. I think there's a sticky thread on general questions relating to some of this stuff which has more detail.