Readership

Tenth Floor Chambers offers two readership positions each year, one for the May intake and one for the September intake.

In order to appear in court as an advocate, all barristers must pass the Bar Exam and then undertake twelve months of training known as a readership.

This training includes completing the Bar Practice Course, which is run twice each year by the New South Wales Bar Association, and then working under the guidance and supervision of one or two tutors. A tutor must usually be a barrister of at least seven years’ standing, but not a senior counsel. Our Clerk, Emma Hoolahan, can provide the names of potential tutors on enquiry. A list of potential tutors is also kept by the New South Wales Bar Association.

Tenth Floor Chambers usually offers two readership positions each year, one for the May intake and one for the September intake. Competition for those places is fierce, and only candidates of exceptional ability and ambition are likely to be made an offer.

Tenth Floor Chambers awards the David Officer QC Scholarship to the successful applicants for readership on the floor each year. The scholarship is named in honour of David Officer, who was a member of the floor widely known for assisting junior members of the Bar and for possessing in abundance all the qualities required of a barrister.

Enquiries and applications for readerships should be sent to the Clerk, Emma Hoolahan, at hoolahan@tenthfloor.org.

The next available intake for applications at Tenth Floor Chambers is May 2021. Please refer to the schedule below.

READER INTAKE MONTH & YEAR
MAY 2021 SEPTEMBER 2021
APPLICATION DEADLINE 31 October 2019 31 March 2020
INTERVIEW November 2019 April 2020
READER INTAKE MONTH & YEAR
MAY 2022 SEPTEMBER 2022
APPLICATION DEADLINE 31 October 2020 31 March 2021
INTERVIEW November 2020 April 2021