Market Research Reveals Current Pros and Cons of UK Barrister Profession

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21st November 2012 17:31 - Professional Services

 

The most recent annual survey by The Bar Standards Board has uncovered some interesting findings about the current state of the barrister sector in England and Wales.

It was revealed that the profession is growing, with the number of practising barristers in 2011 seeing an increase of 1.2% to 15,581 - the bar's biggest expansion since 2007.

Furthermore, regardless of the tough economic climate, there is no shortage of people willing to pay Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) fees of up to £16,500, since there were 3,099 applications for the 2010/11 intake, representing a 6.6% increase from previous figures.

Nevertheless, there has been a decrease in the number of people actually enrolling to the BPTC - 1,618 people enrolled this year compared to 1,793 in 2011.

In addition, pupillage numbers have been declining since 2005/06. In 2010/11, the first half of the 12 month professional training barristers must complete before they can start practising fell by 3.1% to 446.

With other factors included such as competition from graduates who failed to get pupillage first time around as well as a third of graduates being international students, the odds are difficult at present since there are approximately two graduates competing for each first six place.

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