I completed my law degree, then the BVC (the Bar Vocational Course, now the Bar Professional Training Course, BPTC).
Intellectual independence and making a living out of arguing in court.
The advocacy can be a real high and when you secure a good outcome in a high-stakes case you feel on top of the world! Barristers are a weird and wonderful breed – never a dull moment!
It can involve long and unpredictable hours and income. The Bar can be a jealous mistress so you need to make a special effort to find a work-life balance.
Keep emotionally healthy by seeing your family and friends regularly. Keep as physically healthy as you can as the job requires stamina as well as intellectual ability.
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