Getting a training contract to become a solictor or a barrister is the most complicated and challenging thing that a law student can possibly have a go at. Having spent years achieving the best possible in law, the next few hurdles can be a shock. It is not possible to become a barrister without going through this pupilage – 3 or 4 years as an ‘apprentice’ learning as much as can be absorbed from a senior ‘bench mark’ mentor for the junior to follow and learn.
I recall fondly the series Rumpole of the Bailey. This crumpled up slightly scruffy moustachio’d gent would look all niaive and innocent when treading carefully with the guilty party, but he always represented for the defence and so we saw many a caper along the way. Getting the legal training to do this act and then actually win (after all, it was on ITV) takes a lot of dedication.