Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the current system of training barristers.

Barristers give specialist advice on complex legal issues and represent people in court. Is the current system of training them the best way to recruit the right candidate?

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The advantages and disadvantages of the current system of training barristers is discussed in the context of all three stages involved in training.

The following advantages are raised:

  • the academic stage is largely university based;
  • there is flexibility for late entrants;
  • the vocational element provides invaluable skills training;

Disadvantages include:

  • issues of cost and the perception that it encourages students from privileged backgrounds;
  • consistency of quality of supervision;

 

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