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Qualifications to become a Barrister

  • 03-04-2022 10:23am
    Registered Users Posts: 2,360 ✭✭✭

    A poster has stated that you don’t need a law degree to do the 1 year Barrister course . I was wondering what degree or experience is required to be accepted for that course or the 2 year diploma ?


  • Posts: 1,010 ✭✭✭[Deleted User]

    Pass arts degree and hang around the Kings Inns for a couple of years. The qualification isnt difficult to get, but getting established as a barrister is.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,360 ✭✭✭rgossip30

    What about to become a solicitor and why do they not consider being a barrister considering the fees as it’s easy to get on the course !! I would think to lower your fees would make you popular .

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,729 ✭✭✭C3PO

    Incredibly difficult to make a living as a barrister - the top people earn a lot of money but many struggle!

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,162 ✭✭✭LawBoy2018

    You need to have studied a few core legal subjects to meet the requirements for the King's Inns.

    The subjects are as follows:

    1. Irish Land Law (including the Law of Succession)
    2. Company Law
    3. Equity & Trusts
    4. Law of the European Union
    5. Jurisprudence
    6. Administrative Law

    Then you need to pass the entrance exams.

    Don't listen to people who understate how difficult the solicitor/barrister routes are, they're a commitment for sure. GL

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,360 ✭✭✭rgossip30

    I was taking the posters comments with a grain of salt . I did however know a guy who did 2 degrees one was law and he was the first one out of the final exam saying it was easy !! I guess there are exceptions.

    My step daughter qualified as a multi lingual solicitor after 7 years .

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,162 ✭✭✭LawBoy2018

    The thing about law exams is that they either go really well or they're a disaster of massive proportions. There's rarely a middle ground as most students would need to carve out a certain % of the study material when preparing for an exam as it would be impossible to appreciate and retain everything. Ultimately it comes down to the luck of the draw on exam day.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,344 ✭✭✭NUTLEY BOY

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,360 ✭✭✭rgossip30