Celebrating 10 years! 2007-2017

"The Barristers"

Just watched this 4-part BBC program on youtube, came out ab youngbuck04/06/18
I went in law school with the idea of becoming a Barrister. limeysolicitor04/07/18
"I thought it was rough on this side of the Atlantic!" Ho superttthero04/06/18
With a llb you're at not much change out of £100,000. Witho limeysolicitor04/07/18
Barristers are overrated (usually by themselves). They do passportfan304/06/18
I saw it few years ago. Very good documentary. Wish we patenttrollnj04/06/18
I had seen it a few years ago, and the whole series seemed i heythere04/06/18
youngbuck (Apr 6, 2018 - 4:25 pm)

Just watched this 4-part BBC program on youtube, came out about 10 yrs ago, followed a bunch of students in England seeking to be barristers, and then trying to gain a pupilage, and afterwards trying to gain a tenancy. Pretty interesting to watch - the English Inns of Court predate our nation's founding, so they've got some old-school traditions. Also, the selection process was brutal - they just seemed to take it for granted that most newly admitted barristers would have to spend months or years working as paralegals or something while trying to get a pupilage. I thought it was rough on this side of the Atlantic!

Anyone else out there with an interest in the lives of barristers/solicitors overseas? I'd love to find a British version of JDU or something.

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limeysolicitor (Apr 7, 2018 - 2:57 pm)

I went in law school with the idea of becoming a Barrister. My uncle's best mate was a QC & head of chambers & so I could have got a pupillage at the very least. I spent a week hanging around with another Barrister & decided it wasn't for me. The pay is hoŕrible until you get your practice going & there are no guarantees of that happening.

I've seen Barristers in County Courts with holes in their shoes wearing threadbare shoes. I reckon they'll end up being swallowed up by Solicitors within the next 20 years or so.

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superttthero (Apr 6, 2018 - 4:39 pm)

"I thought it was rough on this side of the Atlantic!"

How was the debt load over there?

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limeysolicitor (Apr 7, 2018 - 3:44 pm)

With a llb you're at not much change out of £100,000. Without an llb you can add another £20,000. I assuming you wouldn't be living with you're parents etc. The Inns of Court offer loads of scholarships / bursaries so that might take a few £1000 of the final bill. Really brainy types will get sponsorship from the top Commercial / Tax Chambers but they're the exception as opposed to the rule.

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passportfan3 (Apr 6, 2018 - 5:38 pm)

Barristers are overrated (usually by themselves).

They do what any U.S. litigator does -- speak in court -- but dress up the enterprise as "the art of advocacy" and all that robe-wig-collar-podium nonsense.

"The Bar" does the same thing that a first-year assistant district attorney does in Ames, Iowa.

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patenttrollnj (Apr 6, 2018 - 6:56 pm)

I saw it few years ago. Very good documentary.

Wish we had that system here, minus the fancy suits.

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heythere (Apr 6, 2018 - 7:32 pm)

I had seen it a few years ago, and the whole series seemed in my opinion to be PR on behalf of the Bar - may be to keep up appearance for a system that I think just really needs to be overhauled.

The BBC lost a lot of my respect.

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