To succeed as a solicitor, you need to be determined and highly motivated.
It will take at least three years to train if you are a law graduate, at least four years if you are a non-law graduate and at least six years if you are not a graduate. It can be a challenge to find an employer to support you through the training and from 2014 law firms will be free to choose the level of pay for trainees. You can enter the police service as a graduate.
You need to be able to handle situations with all types of people. Good communication skills are probably the most essential part of practical policing...
Neil Baskerville, criminal justice inspector at Cheshire Police