Bar Association of Queensland
The Bar Association of Queensland was established in 1903 as the professional body representing the interests of members of the Bar practising in Queensland.
Whilst the scope and functions of the Association have broadened since its establishment, its primary goals of promoting the rule of law and maintaining the high ethical standards of the Bar remain in place. Since July 2004, the Association has assumed important regulatory responsibilities under the Legal Profession Act 2007 (Qld) and issues practising certificates for local legal practitioners who wish to practise as a barrister.
Membership is available to all barristers practising in Queensland, to interstate barristers and to others associated with the legal profession. The Association provides a comprehensive range of member benefits and services, including regular continuing professional development (CPD) seminars, conferences, mentoring through our Readers system, and on-going professional advice and assistance.
Working as a barrister is intellectually stimulating and rewarding. For many barristers, the independence and challenge of having to rely on their own skill and reputation to earn a living is a very satisfying aspect of life at the private Bar. To become a Barrister, you need to be an admitted legal practitioner and successfully undertake the Bar Practice Course run by the Association. However, before applying for a position in the Bar Practice Course, you must pass the Bar Exams which consists of three examinations, focusing on legal ethics, practice and procedure, and evidence.
The Association’s Bar Practice Course is a full time six week course with a strong practical and interactive emphasis. The majority of sessions are conducted by members of the Bar, the Judiciary and the Magistracy. The course is held twice per year, with exams also being held twice per year.
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