Bar Readers' Course
Clause 5(1)(b) of the WABA’s Constitution provides that membership of the WABA is conditional upon an applicant having completed, or having undertaken to complete within a time specified by Bar Council, any Bar Readers’ Course (BRC) prescribed by Bar Council, subject to any exemption granted by Bar Council. Click here to download a copy of the BRC Exemption Policy.
The BRC comprises four modules: Advocacy; Evidence; Ethics; and Jurisdiction and Procedure.
The Ethics, Jurisdiciton and Procedure and Evidence modules of the BRC are conducted over a 6 week period, during May - June each year.
The Advocacy module completed by way of undertaking the Australian Bar Association Essential Trial Advocacy Course (ETAC). ETAC is designed to cater for ‘junior’ barristers from small bars in Australia. Organisation of the ETAC alternates between the Western Australialn Bar Association and the South Australian Bar Association (SABA).
Subject to any exemption and/or deferral approved by Bar Council, participants are required to complete the first BRC offered after commencing practise exclusively as a barrister and attend all seminars in each module. Click here to download a copy of the Specified Time, Attendance and Deferral Policy.