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Why did you want to become a lawyer?

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Desiree’s Answer

I realize this is going to sound cheesy and idealistic, but here goes:
To make a difference. To make a better world.

I was working as an environmental scientist and I decided that, with my background, I could really add value to the practice of Environmental Law and, hopefully, help Planet Earth more.
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Greg’s Answer

This is such a good and important question, Lydia! A lot of people choose their career path without ever considering the "why."

I chose to become a lawyer for a few reasons that may be helpful to hear.

First, I like to debate and argue ideas with people. I'm not argumentative, but I think it's fun to think about ideas, understand other people's viewpoints, and try to persuade them.

Second, I knew that a law degree would open up a wide range of job choices: lawyers don't just work in the courtroom, they can do just about anything. We can be prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, politicians, businesspeople, and trusted advisors. We can argue cases in front of a jury, write contracts, help to change laws, and give aid to the poorest and most vulnerable members of society.

Finally, I have to be honest: I felt the need to choose a career that would let me earn a good living and help take care of my family!

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