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Is being a lawyer or investigator enjoyable,hard,etc?

I've been debating whether or not I wanted to be a lawyer or investigator. I have been interested in the law for a while

(I am a member at Boys and Girls Club and I wish to know more about my career choices) #law #lawyer #investigator

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Carol’s Answer

I can answer from a lawyer's perspective about being a lawyer. The work can be challenging but if you love to learn and do different things all the time then I say being a lawyer is for you. It requires analysis and practical thinking to apply the laws, regulations, etc. You also have to work with the long term view in mind. That means you have to look down the road and think about the potential consequences of the path taken. That is part of the analysis. Work you love should be challenging otherwise you will get bored.

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VJ’s Answer

Yes - there are numerous opportunities available in becoming a lawyer and Investigator. Though these are clearly 2 different things. From investigators perspective, the art is to identify the root cause, gather evidence and then hand it over to the authorities to process. From a lawyer perspective, it is all dependant on what major you choose, and what guidance you get. The law is different in each entity - so it is vital to understand the reasoning you want to go that side, and weigh in the options before you decide.


However, investigation is a very interesting topic and it could go 360 degrees with the unknown. It's all about what the evidence states, and gather that evidence. Without evidence, it is just hypothetical. Hope this helps! Good luck.

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Sarah’s Answer

Hi Xavier,
it is a great idea to study the law and lawyer, paralegal or investigator are not the only option you have if you have such a degree. Ultimately here are basic things you should consider:



  • it is a long and intense study process as well as it doesn't pay back right away, the work just continues to be tough and exhausting and demanding until you reach a level. Some lawyers need to jump through many hoops before they are offered a senior associate or junior partner position. 60+ hours work per week etc.

  • Attention to detail, memory and focus on finding solutions and challenge things are all qualities that should come very natural to you, because they will be part of your work in and out

  • be prepared that it won't be always exciting and in court as you see it in the movies. A lot of legal work is spend on your desk only for long periods of time and when you're in-house (employed at a company not a law firm) you might get to court only in very few occasions.


Those are just some points to consider to make your decision easier

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Carolyn’s Answer

I enjoy being a lawyer. I did not start my legal career until later in life so I had jobs before I began my legal career and I do have to say that being a lawyer is much more enjoyable than anything else that I did. I enjoy the fact that I get to ask a lot of questions - in some jobs you don't get to ask many. I also enjoy being able to help people with my legal knowledge that I might not be able to help otherwise - persons who are not able to afford legal help otherwise by doing pro-bono work. I encourage you to investigate the different kinds of legal work that there is and then choose one that is interesting to you - there are so many different things that you can do with a law degree.

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