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A career at the Bar
The Bar traditionally embraces all comers. There is no universally accepted definition amongst barristers of what constitutes 'success' at the Bar. There is no common denominator to those who are able to build 'successful practices', however one might define a successful practice. Learn More >>


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Supreme Court admission
All persons wishing to practise in New South Wales must have been admitted by the Supreme Court of New South Wales as a lawyer or the Supreme Court of another Australian state or territory under a corresponding law. Find Out More >>

The how and why

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People intending to take up practice at the New South Wales Bar are, unless exempted, required to pass the Bar exams to the required standard, and undertake the Reading Programme. Learn More >>

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The cost of setting up a practice varies, but may include robes, a computer, textbooks and monthly fees for accommodation.
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Frequently, accommodation is available on the same floor as the tutor's chambers. However, this is not always possible. Learn More >>
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There are a number of firms from whom gowns, bar jackets, shirts and wing collars can be purchased. Learn More >>



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The Bar Association on request will publish its practising members' contact and admission details on the 'Find a barrister' database and will notify the Law Society of NSW for the Law Society Diary. Learn More >>
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    New Zealand applicants
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picNew Zealand practitioners may apply under the Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997 (Cth) for admission in the Supreme Court of NSW.

    Change of circumstances
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picIt is a statutory requirement that you notify the Bar Association in writing of any change of practice address or telephone number, fax and other contact details within seven days after the change occurs.

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