IAm An English Barrister (wig-wearing court advocate). AMAA.
I am an barrister in England. A barrister is effectively a specialist court advocate / lawyer. You can find us in England, Wales and various parts of the old British Empire. Traditionally we wear wigs and gowns when appearing in court.
I defend and prosecute criminal cases as well as act in personal injury matters. I have been practising for five years.
The profession is one that is often misunderstood and considered to be elitist / upper class / ridiculously British. I hope that this AMA can help to dispel some of those views.
EDIT: I'm genuinely surprised by the amount of interest this has raised. I can't believe this is top post in IAMA. This is an anonymous throwaway account but I have still tried to answer questions with the Bar Code of Conduct in mind. Any views I have are mine and do not represent the views of the bar at large, nor any representative group.