I have just finished watching the 4 episodes of the documentary The Barristers, and despite my original scathing review, i would defiantly recommend it.
I have absolutely no interest in becoming a Barrister, and this doc gave me another reason to keep that view. Its hard work, competitive, archaic, and potentially humiliating. This documentary tells me that if your face doesn't fit, it doesn't matter how hard you work. One example is the girl who was informed that she had been accepted as a tenant at a chambers, and then had the offer withdrawn pending her having to convince the doubters in a presentation. Lucky for her, she did herself proud...but she did describe the experience as 'lacking dignity' and 'humiliating'.
That all sounds pretty negative...but from watching this documentary i can totally see why people do it. There is nothing more satisfying than overcoming hurdles as high as this. Winning a case must be the most incredible high...and i can't think of a better place to have your confidence stripped down and build back to dizzying heights.
So as much as i have absolutely no interest in being a barrister, i have new found respect for the pompous fools :p