Hi Laurelyn: As a trial lawyer I had a suprising amont of freedom. Granted there were a lot of long hours in preperation for Court, but most days I was in a Courthouse in New York City where I knew many of the other lawyers and Judges and generally did what I wanted. Needless to say while in the actual Courtroom I advocated very hard for my clients! However, in Court there is a great deal of waiting around time. Waiting for the Judge, waiting for your turn, waiting for second call, waiting. So I was lucky that I had no one looking over my shoulder and was generally free to do what I wanted. Good luck!