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What does a barrister do?

What does a barrister do?

I graduated from a combined Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Laws degree in 2010.

I chose to study at UTS because it offered a practical and flexible double degree program that focused on the knowledge and skills necessary to hit the ground running in the workplace.

A typical career for someone with business and law qualifications is quite broad. The versatility of the combined degree means that you could work in any number of roles, including practising in a private law firm, starting your own business, working in an investment bank or in the not-forprofit sector.

In my role as a barrister, I practise mainly in resolving corporate and commercial disputes and am responsible for advising and appearing on behalf of a wide range of clients in courts and tribunals across Australia.

On an average day I am usually preparing for or attending hearings, mediations or arbitrations, providing advice to clients, and balancing the commercial challenges of running a small business.

The best part about being a barrister is the flexibility. Being your own boss is always appealing if you’re self-motivated.

My advice to anyone interested in studying law is to treat your studies seriously and get as much experience as you can.

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Take the opportunities to clerk at law firms or work as a judge’s associate if and when such opportunities arise. With law, you get as much out of it as you put in.

Take a look at the course for yourself, here!


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