Barristers are  are specialists in advocacy and represent individuals or organisations in court. Barristers are generally hired by solicitors. Barristers usually specialise in particular areas of law. Most Barristers are self employed. Self-employed barristers work in offices called chambers, and may have their own office or share one with other barristers. There are three stages to training:Academic - a qualifying law degree, or an undergraduate degree in another subject followed by the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) (sometimes referred to as the Common Professional Exam (CPE)). Entry to the Bar is fiercely competitive and a good degree (at least a 2:1) is almost essential.Vocational - completion of the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), which takes one year full time or two years part time.Pupillage - a year of practical training with an authorised pupillage training organisation spent under the supervision of an experienced barrister.Qualified barristers can be paid anything from £25,000 to £300,000