06/12/2021

What’s the Difference Between a Solicitor and a Barrister?

When you study for a law degree, there are several career pathways open to you.

Two of these career options are a solicitor and a barrister.

If you’re not sure how these roles vary, we’ve put together this guide to explain the key differences between the roles.

What is a solicitor?

A solicitor typically works in an office and provides legal advice, drafting and reviewing legal documentation.

There are different types of solicitors that specialise in distinct types of law. For example, some solicitors specialise in business law while some focus on family law, immigration or personal injury.

What is a barrister?

A barrister acts as the representative of a client at a legal hearing. They plead the case of the client to the judge. Before the legal hearing, they will also provide the client with specialist advice, for example, advising the client on the strengths and weaknesses of their case. Like solicitors, barristers can specialise in a particular area of law.

What’s the difference between a solicitor and a barrister?

 

The best way to remember the difference between a solicitor and a barrister is that a barrister works in court, while a solicitor works outside of the court.

Barristers and solicitors often work closely together, with solicitors briefing the barristers before they represent a client, as well as helping them with research.

There are some circumstances where a solicitor may represent someone in court, but this is quite rare.

Barrister or solicitor: which career path is the right one for you?

The good news is that you have plenty of time to decide if you want to be a solicitor or barrister. After completing your law degree (LLB), you can take the Legal Practice Course to become a solicitor, or Bar Training to become a barrister.

Many barristers are self-employed and have to work more independently, which may impact the career path they take.

Regardless of which profession you choose, both roles demand excellent communication skills, meticulous organisational qualities and the ability to carry out research.

Get your law degree with the University of Bolton

If you have dreams of working in the challenging and rewarding sector of law the University of Bolton can help you get started.

Our small class sizes, dedicated courtroom facilities and experienced tutors can give you the high-quality education this profession demands.

Find out more about our law courses. 

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