Barristers are lawyers with specialist skills as independent advocates and advisors. To be admitted to practice as a barrister in Victoria, lawyers must qualify for and complete the Bar Readers' Course.
This section looks at life as a barrister and explains the steps to becoming a barrister in Victoria.
To become a barrister in Victoria you must:
Click on the links to the right for more detailed information.
In addition to the information in this section, the Bar runs an annual Step Up to the Bar event during Law Week where you can hear from barristers at all levels of seniority about their pathways to the Bar and their experiences as a barrister, talk to barristers' clerks and members of the Education Committee. You can discuss your potential to become a barrister with members of the Bar's Education Team.
The next Step Up to the Bar session will be held on Tuesday 15 May 2018, from 5.30pm - 6.30pm in the Neil McPhee Room, level 1 Owen Dixon Chambers East, 205 William Street, Melbourne. There is no need to register to attend this event. All welcome.
A Step Up to the Bar session was held on Tuesday 16 May 2017, please see the video below to view the recording of the session.
Contact the Education Team at the Bar Office for more information on:
T 03 9225 7111