I want to be a barrister but now I’ve been offered a training contract — what do I do?

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By Legal Cheek on

This is a life-changing decision for me

In the latest instalment in our Career Conundrums series, one aspiring barrister has been thrown a curve ball, and he’s wondering whether to catch it.


I have just finished my second year studying for my LLB. My heart was set on the bar, practising as a criminal barrister and I am an Inns of Court student member. However, I have just been offered a training contract (all in writing with terms of employment) from a small but very good reputable firm in North London. As I understand it, it is very rare to get an offer like this at this stage in my academic studies and I had no prior dealings with the firm and randomly met through a client. I am very unsure to say the least so I wondered what your readers would think. I would really appreciate some honest feedback even though I know I will be trolled. This is life-changing and I really need to make an informed choice before I sign on the dotted line.

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