Becoming a barrister could now cost you £127k

Be a barrister, they said, it'll be financially realistic, they said.

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Remember a time we thought we could choose our career paths? That if we wanted to be a vet, a policewoman or journalist, we could just 'do' it?

Now barristers-to-be are the latest to have their dreams dashed as students beginning university may now have to spend up to £127,000 to qualify.

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New chair of the Bar Council, Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC, recently highlighted the massive cost and the effect it could have on diversity and social mobility within the profession.

She told the Guardian: “For students starting at university this year, the cost of qualifying as a barrister could approach £127,000.

“I hear from the junior bar that practising barristers paying off debts of between £40,000 to £60,000 is by no means uncommon [but] those figures are for individuals who completed their undergraduate degrees before higher tuition fees were introduced."

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And in the long term, since most senior judges start off as barristers, putting less privileged students off the profession could have a massive impact on the legal system - and our perceptions of it.

Doerries points out that there are initiatives out there to give less privileged students an extra push - but that as most students find even on average-costing courses, it'll be a financial juggling act:

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“Bursaries and scholarships are available, and some may have savings or come from a wealthy background, but for most people, funding for their qualification will come from juggling study and part-time work, student and commercial loans, and family contributions.”

In other words, for those hoping to be barristers, things are gonna be a whole lot harder from now on.

How depressing.

Feature image: John Halbrook