Join me as I head off for my first qualifying session at Inner Temple! Aspiring barristers must complete 12 qualifying sessions before they can be called to the Bar.
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Essentially, a barrister has to formulate a persuasive argument for each case and I enjoy the fact that the responsibility to do so is entirely my own. I am very much in control of my own cases and every day is completely different – it's both an exciting and demanding career.
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