What are some of the psychological strains of being a lawyer?
I'm sure that there are some because they come with pretty much any job you choose. However, I am interested in becoming a lawyer and would like to know how it would affect me psychologically.
Being a lawyer is not a "nine to five" job. The demands can be unpredictable and the work hours long. Depending on the particular area of practice you may wind up working a lot of weekends and holidays. There is a lot of stress involved because there are many deadlines to meet in law. Often your work depends on the cooperation of others, which is not always forthcoming. Your own client can turn out to be your worst enemy when the client does not follow your advice. Law requires that you face hostile witnesses, hostile opposing counsel, hostile judges and at times hostile clients and a lot of uncomfortable situations. You are always under pressure to keep up with changes in law and technology. Your work is not always appreciated. However, despite these aspects of the practice of law it is a rewarding and interesting way to make a living. You do not outgrow this profession as you would a profession that requires the strength or beauty of youth. You have the potential to make a good living. Not all lawyers become rich, but the practice of law does give you the means to "make a living wage".
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