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What are some of the good thing about being a lawyer.

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Nicholas’s Answer

First of all, the obvious benefit of being a lawyer is that you can make a lot of money! Like other professions, to be successful, this requires attending college and law school, years of hard work, and often very long hours in the early stages. One appealing prospect of being a lawyer is that you can fight for people or causes that you believe in. One example of this would be representing a minority who is disadvantaged by the criminal justice system and is unable to afford the same legal services that other people may be able to. Public interest lawyers can stand up for causes and organizations that they believe in. Finally, being a lawyer generally provides you with benefits such as retirement plans and health insurance (among others) from the firm you work for.

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DENNIS’s Answer

Hi Ja'Terika R: Being a lawyer offers a great deal of options to those who practice. Lawyers, particularly trial lawyers, are in a different Court all the time so they are not sitting behind one desk all day long every day. Second, lawyers have to learn something new all the time so that they may properly serve their clients. You have to learn medicine, for injured clients; construction for construction cases; computers for computer hacking cases and a ton more. Being a lawyer can be as exciting or as boring as you want! Third, as a lawyer you get to stand up for your community and fight for what is right. Being a lwyer can also be very creative in writing and arguing cases. Being a lawyer can also be very boring - digging into documents all day long. Being a lawyer is what you make it - not many jobs can say that! Finally, as a lawyer you always must remember that YOU are a professional and people look to you for help. Never forget that! Good luck in all your endeavors!

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Glenn’s Answer

Charles, Nicholas and Dennis all gave great responses to your question. I certainly agree that one of the best things about being an attorney is the intellectual challenges and problem-solving opportunities it presents to me. I had worked in other career fields before going to law school. And I found that the routine of some other jobs did not provide the stimulation that I enjoyed. And as other responses have mentioned, the practice of law is so diverse, one cannot almost always find an area of the law and a practice that best suits one's own personality.

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Charles’s Answer

Hi Ja'Terika,

I can only give you my perspective on the benefits of pursuing a career as an attorney. For me, it wasn't so much about the money (in retrospect, I consider it fortunate that I did not receive job offers from the biggest law firms), as it was about the opportunity to work in a profession that has continued to challenge me (after 36 years!), in an area (in-house insurance defense lawyer) that still leaves me time for my family and to pursue other interests and hobbies, such as reading, fiction writing, music, choral singing, hiking and perhaps my greatest love - travel. Don't get me wrong - I am much more highly compensated than I would have been had I chosen other careers. I have made a good living and was able to support my wife and family when she stayed at home with our kids for a few years, as well as my grandchildren many years later. It's just that I have found that if money is one's principal motivation in choosing an occupation, the prevalence of job dissatisfaction is often high.

For me the benefits of my career as a lawyer (and my choice of working "in-house" for an insurance company) are these:

1 . Independence - As a licensed professional, I have had the freedom to "be my own master", even as an employee of a company. This has given me the freedom to not worry so much about concerns such as corporate layoffs, since as a professional I could choose to work for a law firm, or even open my own practice.

2. Challenging - I tend to get bored with a routine job. If I hadn't felt appropriately challenged in my career, I doubt that I would still be working at age 66 (and planning to continue working for a few more years).

3. Rewarding - I have no complaints about the salary that I have been able to earn as a lawyer. While not what I would consider "getting rich", I have more than enough, especially when considering benefits provided by the company that I work for (health plan, 401 K plan, small pension, substantial bonus during good years, life insurance, etc.).

4. Professional - As an attorney, my highest allegiance is to The State Bar of California and its ethics requirements. Thus, even though I have to assertively advance the interests of my client/employer, their goals cannot be advocated at all costs. This provides me with a sense of professionalism that I would not have if employed in another capacity.

5. Education - I continually learn as an attorney. One of my goals is to always strive to learn something new each time I travel to court to argue a case. This learning can be in exchanges with my opponent, listening to arguments in other cases, or merely chatting with other attorneys or overhearing other informal debates and negotiations prior to checking in with the judge on my case. Occasionally I am surprised to learn of a relevant legal code section that I had no idea even existed. I began my learning process as a workers' compensation claims adjuster who transferred from the liability department, and thus knew nothing about the relevant law handled by my new department. Every time I read an attorney's letter which contained a citation to a Labor Code, Regulation or legal case, I would read it to expand my knowledge base. As a lawyer I have deepened my knowledge by researching and preparing briefs on innumerable legal issues.

6. Accomplishment - No matter what area of law one specializes in, what we do matters. Whether that means successfully arguing a case that benefits your client and perhaps many others; convicting a criminal defendant (or securing a not guilty verdict); incorporating a business; drafting a will or trust; representing a party to a divorce; or winning a judgment for an accident victim; we know that we have helped others with each case that we handle.

These are just some benefits to pursuing a legal career that come to mind. There are many others, but these stand out for me.

Best of luck and good wishes as you learn additional benefits of pursuing a legal career, and continue your discernment process about whether the law is right for you.