The field of law is one of the most sought after career fields in existence. According to the American Bar Association, more law students are becoming lawyers than ever before in the history of the United States. Becoming an attorney can result in high pay and much prestige. However, many people who wish to become lawyers may hold significant misconceptions about the profession. Below are seven you should be aware of.
Being an Attorney Is Always Glamorous and Exciting
Thanks to TV shows about lawyers like Perry Mason, people tend to conceptualize the profession of law as something that is inherently exciting for even glamorous. This isn’t true in most cases. There is a ton of reading, studying, drafting and filing of legal documentation required. As Forbes reported, most civil cases don’t even go to court.
Law Work Is Always Intellectually Stimulating
While practicing certain kinds of law requires a robust intellect and constant learning, this does not hold true for a good portion of the work lawyers perform. Newer lawyers especially may work in a law firm and be tasked with very boring and mundane work such as document review.
Being a Good Debater Makes You a Good Lawyer
Some people may be convinced they could become excellent lawyers because of their ability to sway their friends and colleagues during informal debates and arguments. However, real legal arguments are more strongly tethered to logic, research and what the legal code says than simple informal debates are.
Lawyers Are Social Justice Warriors that Change Society
Due to watching lawyers on cable news programs, some naive individuals may think that the law is a good avenue for activism to bring about social change. Instead, lawyers have to work within the legal code that exists. While you may be able to represent clients that need help, you won’t be changing much of anything in the larger scheme of things.
Being a Lawyer Means Instant Riches
Many lawyers are in upper income brackets, but not all lawyers are. The highest paid lawyers tend to work for the highest paying law firms. Most attorneys, however, will not meet the stringent qualifications to get hired by such a firm.
People Hate Lawyers
The impression that lawyers have a negative reputation in modern society is extremely overblown and again mostly fueled by television. The real truth is that most people need legal work at different points in their lives and have developed positive relationships with lawyers. This will help to raise your standing within your community.
Becoming a Lawyer Is Too Difficult
It is true that graduating from law school and passing the bar exam is exceedingly difficult. It’s not something for the lazy. Still, plenty of hard working individuals with drive manage to obtain their law licenses every year.