Barrister Rōia Kōti

Barristers give legal advice and appear on behalf of clients in civil, family and criminal cases in courts and tribunals.

Barristers may do some or all of the following:

  • give legal advice to solicitors and solicitors' clients
  • give legal opinions 
  • prepare and conduct civil, criminal and family cases in court
  • prepare and present cases to tribunals and committees.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for barristers includes:

  • general legal work
  • solicitor work
  • public speaking.

Personal Qualities

Barristers need to be:

  • analytical
  • persuasive
  • able to think on their feet
  • good at working under pressure
  • confident
  • ethical, responsible and able to keep information private
  • good at public speaking.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for barristers includes:

  • general legal work
  • solicitor work
  • public speaking.

Subject Recommendations

A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter further training. Useful subjects include English, history and classical studies, social studies and te reo Māori.

Barristers can earn around $40K-$45K per year per year.

Barristers usually progress to set up their own practice.

Barristers may specialise in an area of law such as:

  • family law
  • criminal law
  • environmental law
  • commercial law
  • human rights.
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