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Bewigged and Bewildered?: A Guide to Becoming a Barrister in England and Wales (2nd Revised edition)

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Author(s): Kramer, Adam;
Classification(s): Legal profession: general; Advice on careers & achieving success;
Readership / Audience Level: Tertiary Education (US: College);Professional & Vocational
ISBN-13: 9781849461641
ISBN-10: 1849461643
Publication Date: 1 Apr 2011
Imprint: Hart Publishing
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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication Country: United Kingdom
Binding / Product Type: Paperback
Pages: 240
Dimensions: W: 138 mm / H: 216 mm
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Misunderstandings and jargon prevent many from seriously considering a career as a barrister in the belief that such a career is not for them or that they are not for it. Others know that they might want to become barristers but not how to go about it, or just want to know more about this somewhat mysterious profession. This book (by a barrister who was formerly a university law lecturer) clearly but informally explains the traditions, terminology and institutions of the Bar, and what it is actually like to be a barrister. With this aim, several barristers practising in different fields describe in detail a typical week in their life. Advice is then given on how to be accepted into, fund and survive the various academic and other stages that precede qualification as a barrister, including work experience, Bar School, and pupillage (the barrister's apprenticeship). Space is also given to how to transfer to the Bar after another legal or non-legal career. This second edition is fully updated to take account of the changes to the Bar, training for it and the process of recruitment to it. Adam Kramer regularly provides updates to this book, which can be seen at:

1 Introduction to the English Bar 2 The Future of the Bar 3 A Week in the Life of a Junior Barrister 4 Deciding Whether to Become a Barrister 5 An Overview of Qualifi cation 6 Steps to Take During Your School Years 7 Will You Make It? 8 Work Experience: Mini-pupillages and Other Legal Experience 9 Joining an Inn 10 The BPTC and How to Fund It 11 Dining, Qualifying Sessions, and Call 12 Getting and Funding Pupillage 13 Life as a Pupil 14 Work as a Pupil 15 Alternative Careers 16 Transferring to the Bar After Practising as a Solicitor or Abroad Further Information


This is an indispensable guide to anyone who might consider a career at the Bar...Kramer in his clever way weaves in facts, possibilities, alternatives, definitions and sub-definitions...The 10 little essays about the life of young practitioners are very polished. -- David Wurtzel Counsel Not only does it set out essential information about qualifications, joining an inn, dining, obtaining a pupillage, and so on, it also includes guidance on alternative careers, law libraries in London, time-tables for routes to the Bar, and setting up in practice. The Commonwealth Lawyer, Vol 17, No 2 ...I endorse Adam Kramer's unique book for throwing open the doors of the Bar to current and future generations, and I hope that, by giving the confidence that can come only from being fully informed, it will bring readers to this most enjoyable, worthwhile, and rewarding of vocations. I only wish it had been available to me when I started in practice 35 years ago. -- Stephen Hockman QC, Chairman of the Bar Council From the foreword gets the LawCareers.Net seal of approval...We particularly like Kramer's advice on how to respond to the age-old pupillage interview question: 'How can you defend a man who you know is guilty?' And his guidance on how to wear your wig and bands looks pretty useful too! LC.N Weekly (Law Careers.Net) This is a very much needed book, with useful online updates, for anyone interested in becoming a barrister-at-law in England and Wales in 21st century...There has always been a certain amount of mystique about the Bar and what we actually do. Adam Kramer has been able to distill the work we do in a matter-of-fact way as though he were addressing a jury- and he puts the issues across very finely indeed with most questions answered. -- Phillip Taylor Richmond Chambers Bewigged is a well-written and enjoyable resource and should be useful to law students, aspiring law students and aspiring barristers in is a useful referral point for students interested in joining the barrister profession. Reference sections of any university library and careers services would do well to stock the book. Those of us who do not themselves aspire to a career in advocacy will enjoy the insightful account of the structure of the legal world and the training system for joining one of the oldest and most powerful professions in contemporary Britain. -- Anna Zimdars The Law Teacher

Author Biography

Adam Kramer is a Barrister at 3 Verulam Buildings, and a former lecturer at the Universities of Durham and Oxford.

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