Occupation | Weston College

Barrister or judge

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.

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.
  • 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.

Typical Education Level

Level 4-6

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.

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 29% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data

£32,507

Average annual earnings

The current average wage for barrister or judge is £32,507

357 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 357. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.

302 jobs

Job Postings

Over the past year, 302 jobs have been posted for barrister or judge roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £32,507 per year. That is about £2,709 per month or £16.67 per hour. New workers generally start on £17,277, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £66,008

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 357 people are employed in the region.

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