Lawyers jostle for barrister roll

By The New Lawyer|04 March 2013

The latest crop of lawyers hoping to join the ranks of the Victorian Bar start their Bar Readers course next week._x000D_

THE latest crop of lawyers hoping to join the ranks of the Victorian Bar start their Bar Readers course next week.


Bar membership has been growing steadily, the Victorian Bar said this week, with 1832 members compared with 1428 at the same time in 2001. The latest intake includes 55 potential barristers, made up of 28 women and 27 men.

“The Victorian Bar is a popular choice in the profession,” said Victorian Bar Chairman, Michael Colbran QC.


The want-to-be barristers will begin a 12 week course on 1 September and, if successful, they will sign the Bar Roll in November and spend a further 6 months being mentored by a senior barrister.

“It is terrific to see such strong interest in becoming a barrister and the diversity and talent attracted to the Bar with each intake. We are particularly pleased that this intake includes an indigenous lawyer keen to practice at the Victorian Bar,” Colbran said.

The Victorian Bar has made attendance at the Readers Course available to some lawyers from South Pacific nations who will return home after the 12 weeks of the course. This group includes two from the Solomon Islands, one being the DPP.

“We’re proud to be supporting the development of the legal system in neighbouring countries.

“I wish all the new Readers all the very best in the 10 weeks ahead and for their future career in the law. Our Readers course is part of the journey of ongoing professional development and learning at the Bar which maintains the high standard and quality of barristers in this State,” Colbran said.

Lawyers jostle for barrister roll
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