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Is a lawyer a good job

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Richard’s Answer

My wife is an attorney, and she considers it a great job! Every person is different though, and you want to pursue a career that you will enjoy doing every day. It is not guaranteed that you will make a lot of money. And sometimes, it isn't worth the money to work the long hours.

Consider the amount and cost of school required. College is 4 years, and law school is 3 years. Even the review courses for the admissions test and the Bar exam are expensive.

There is a huge variety in law just as there are types of medical practices for doctors. Ask yourself what you are good at because there is probably a kind of law where you can use your strengths.

The final answer is it is a good job if you enjoy it, and it is worth a lot of work to you.

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Donna’s Answer

A law degree can help with many different jobs. I know of some people who went through law school and started work as an attorney, only to discover it was not for them. The stress was too much and they decided to use their degrees to become paralegals and business owners. I did not start out wanting to be a lawyer; I wanted to be a writer. I discovered that I did not like the confrontational aspects of being a trial attorney and concluded that unless I was ready to go to trial, it would hurt my negotiations for settlement. I knew my strengths and pursued work as an appellate attorney. At first, I ghost-wrote briefs, but that made me dependent on a second person to argue in court. I worked on public speaking skills but it was never my first love. Some appellate attorneys are strong writers but not so great in the courtroom. Others can argue well but are just so-so writers. I found the right place for me. Plus, I had lots of other interests and traveled quite a bit. Working on projects as an appellate attorney gave me that freedom to work as hard as I wanted and to take off for an extended trip. It's been a great experience for me.

Donna recommends the following next steps:

Talk to lawyers. Go to Bar functions and just ask your questions.
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Anusha’s Answer

Hi Eduardo,

The study of the law is useful in a variety of points of view. It qualifies a person to be useful to themselves to his neighbors, and to the public"

Law as a profession is in great demand these days. Due to the changing social and economic circumstances and the ever-increasing regulatory role being undertaken by the government there is a rising demand for the lawyers. Besides being financially lucrative, Law is an adventurous and exciting career option.

Lawyers are held in high esteem in our society, and there remains the faith that when everything else fails, one can still take the path of legal system. In our daily life in one way or other we may come across situations where legal advice is required. In such situation we need the advice of legal professionals who analyze and interpret law properly.

 Lawyers advice clients about their legal rights and recommend course of action in a meticulous manner. They also counsel clients and pre legal documents, such as wills and contracts and conduct negotiations on legal matters, and may represent clients in court and tribunal proceedings.

Academic excellence does not count for success in this profession. Professional competency acquired through experience and practice with lawyers is the main benchmark of success.

There are various areas of specialization in this field which one can choose from like :

  • Civil Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Taxation Law
  • Labor Law
  • International Law
  • Family Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Administration Law
  • Patent Law etc.

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Delanie’s Answer

Hello Eduardo! I am so glad that you're looking into a future career in the legal field. Personally, I think it is a GREAT job, but it is not for everyone. Before you decide on any career path, make sure you do your research. Clearly, you already acknowledge the importance in doing so by asking this question so early on. You may already know this, but the legal field includes a lot of reading and writing.

It takes a lot of hard work and time to become a lawyer -- the average educational requirements take seven years to complete after graduating high school. The seven years include four years of undergraduate (i.e. college) and then three years of law school. With all that education comes cost too. Make sure to focus on school throughout high school so that you can get into a good college -- hopefully, with a full ride tuition scholarship! Higher education is NOT cheap and better grades results in more free money you can earn via scholarships.

Also, within college you can major in anything and still go to law school, but I would recommend focusing on a specific type of law that you're interested. For example, I wanted to do tax law, so I majored in accounting. At a young age, I didn't realize there were so many different types of lawyers and different career paths that you can go down with a law degree that do not include the stereotypical legal work (e.g. litigating in a courtroom). You should speak with your academic advisor to ensure you're on the right educational path, if you decide that the legal field is something you're seriously interested in!

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