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There are two branches of the legal profession in the UK: solicitors and barristers (advocates). The basic difference between barristers and solicitors is that a barrister mainly defends people in court and a solicitor mainly performs legal work outside court. However, there are exceptions in both cases.

How do I become a solicitor?

In England and Wales: The Law Society

In Scotland: The Law Society of Scotland

How do I become a barrister?

In England and Wales: The Bar Council

In Scotland: The Faculty of Advocates