How to become a barrister

Pursuing a career as a barrister is a route not to be taken lightly.  The profession is extremely charming, however the road to becoming a successful barrister is extremely competitive and challenging. Only the highest caliber graduates make it to the profession or stand a chance to success. Note that advocacy is a key element of being a barrister; therefore you must possess extra ordinary speaking talent and must have the ability to express yourself in simple clear words and aptly. It is your job to convince jury or judge as the case may be depending on which jurisdiction you intend to practice. You must be persuasive and strong willed as the slightest appearance of nerves or a fault in your dialogue could lose the case and the freedom of your client, particularly in a criminal case. Although it may be true that justice demands that it ought not to be dependent on performance of a lawyer and the facts and evidence must be important in determining the outcome of the case, however, the system of law that we have in England or Pakistan or other common law jurisdictions, role of a lawyer is imperative. A barrister, who is eloquent and well prepared and puts the case of his client as smartly as he can, often wins. This may be a shortcoming of the system that often injustice can prevail when a superior lawyer is representing a culprit, but that unfortunately is how the system works.

For a barrister, a large part of his job will involve public speaking. So as a barrister you must possess excellent interpersonal skills. You must also be able to improvise, as the twists and turns of the court will always bring up subjects that you may not have prepared for. An ability to deal with stress is vital as late nights are common and the pressure of court appearances high.

Moreover, as most barristers operate independently, you must be prepared to endure the possibility of financial hardship at the start of your career, with delayed earnings a common occurrence. You must also have a very competitive nature as places are few and far between. Only around a third of students undergoing the vocational stage of training (BPTC) will get a pupillage (a kind of legal apprenticeship) and, even after that, there are fewer tenancies in chambers than there are people on pupillages.

To become a barrister in Pakistan, you must complete you’re O and A Levels after which you must pursue your undergraduate degree in either London University affiliated Pakistan colleges or go abroad and do you undergraduate. Depends on the type of budget you have for your education. It is cheaper to study in Pakistan as compared to UK. 

After completing your undergraduate education in Pakistan or aboroad,, you must then apply to one of the few colleges that do a Bar Vocational Training Course. Once you sign up for this course, you are required to undertake Bar Membership from one of the four Inns. The most notable or famous Inn for Pakistani students is The Honorable Society of Lincoln’s Inn because of Mohammad Ali Jinnah who was its member and a barrister. 

What are the Property Laws in Pakistan


Article 4 subsection 2 of the constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan provides that no action detrimental to the life, liberty, body, reputation or property of any person shall be taken except in accordance with law. This article of the constitution provides protection to all citizens of Pakistan with regards to their property rights.

In such broader protection follow detailed legislation, which provides how such property is to be protected.  Property law basically governs ownership in real property and or personal property. Real property is often categorized as immovable property and personal property relates to that which is moveable. So real estate like land would be real property and your car would be your personal property, which is moveable.

Let us consider some important areas of law with regards to protection of property.

The Transfer of Property Act, 1882

This law governs the ‘transfer of property’, which means an act by which a person is to convey property to one or more persons. The person can be a body corporate, it could be a transfer from one to many or to ones self. The transfer could be one, which is for present or for a future date. Property is broadly classified in two types mentioned above. A transfer of property effectively transfers all rights and obligations contained within such property and the transferee is then capable of subsequently passing such rights to another buyer. Every person who the law holds as competent to contract is competent to transfer property. Section 6 of Transfer of Property Act 1882 provides that any type of property can be transferred provided that the law allows the person holding property to transfer it. In other words the transferee is not barred by any condition precedent, which prohibits him/her from transferring such property.

So Transfer of Property Act 1882 is the main legislation dealing with transfer of property.

Land Revenue Act, 1967

It is law, which relates to making and maintenance of records of rights, the assessment and collection of land revenue and the appointment and function of revenue officers and other matters connected with the Land Revenue.

Stamp Act 1899

An act to provide authenticity to executed documents between parties. It provides a legal sanctity to such documents. Aims of the stamp Act also include that the government can increase their revenue by charging fee for stamps.  The stamped document ensures that it holds evidentiary value, creation of rights, preventing fraud etc..

Registration Act 1908

This act provides for instances where registration of document is compulsory. For instance, instruments of gifts of immovable property, lease of immovable property, composition deed, any instrument relating to shares in a Joint Stock Company etc

Above is a brief synopsis of the laws, which relate to property. AskWakeel is proud to announce that it comprises those lawyers who are expert in property laws and they can appropriately address any queries you may have.