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Education, training and professional development






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The prerequisites


A lawyer must complete three Bar exams before taking out a (reader's) practising certificate. On taking out a practising certificate with conditions, the legal practitioner is termed a 'reader'. The reader embarks on the Reading Programme, which has two major elements, the Bar Practice Course & reading with a tutor.

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A lawyer must complete the Bar exams before taking out a (reader's) practising certificate. Learn more >>


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The aim of the course is to teach advanced advocacy, mediation, and other barrister skills, as well as provide practical insights into life and practice at the New South Wales Bar Learn more >>
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The period of reading commences on the issuance of the practising certificate with conditions attached, and continues for at least 12 months. During that time, the reader remains under the supervision of at least one experienced barrister, who is called a tutor. Learn more >>
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    A career at the Bar
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pic The decision to become a barrister is a brave one. That brave decision is vindicated by success. Such success is only achieved if the barrister embarks upon his or her career with a sound knowledge of the ethics of the law and its practical application.

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    Continuing professional development
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This programme is a service provided to members of the association and is funded by a component of practising certificate fees.
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