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How did u discover u wanna be a lawyer?

was it money? family career, motivation?

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DENNIS’s Answer

Hi Mac: Great question. There is no easy answer! Life is a road you have to follow. As you travel along you come to different paths and opportunities. Most of us follow the one that best suits us at the time. Each path has challenges, opportunities, adventures.
After college I wanted to become a doctor. I started down that path but several things occured which made it impracticle to continue. I still wanted a carreer that helped others and was challenging. I had no money and lived in NYC and got a job at an Insurance Company. Law was a natural progression from that.
The road is often confussing. Some people, like Robert, know what they want to do at a young age. Others have to struggle to find out where they fit in. In answer to your question, it is not money or motivation it is comfort - where you fit. As you move forward you'll know. After you become a lawyer you will need to adjust again, mostly for your family to balance life and work - but that is just another adjustment. After you become a lawyer you may hate it - many lawyers do. However, that is all part of the road and you will need to stop, think and readjust. Remember, do what feels right for you. Have fun, enjoy the journey. Life is a great adventure and learn from each success and failure! The one thing I loved about the law was you always have to keep learning. So go out and enjoy. Have fun.
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Jennifer’s Answer

I only decided to become a lawyer after starting another career. In that career I was working with lawyers and I thought that the work that they were doing was more interesting than the work I was doing.

Other than the interesting work, I was motivated to choose a career in law due to the wide variety of fields that you can work in as a lawyer e.g. transactional, contentious, business, private client, as I was sure that there would be a field that I would like. I was also motivated to gain a recognised professional qualification and to work in an area where I could help people .

I hope this helps you when deciding what career is right for you and I wish you all the best for the future.
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Bob’s Answer

Hi, Mac. You pose a wonderful question. Let me attempt to answer it, but as you I'm sure suspect, every answer to you will be a unique response, as each person's motivation will be unique to him or her.

In my case becoming an attorney was something I talked about since childhood. When an adult would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would always answer "a lawyer!", without being able to articulate the reasons for my choice.

Gradually it dawned on me that I had an overriding interest in ethics, in fairness, in justice, and in ensuring that people were treated in accordance with those principles. From that realization, from that avocation my choice of vocation flowed logically. The surest way to assist people in living in an ethical environment, in obtaining justice, was to study law and provide those opportunities professionally. So I did and never regretted it.

So dear Mac, examine your interests and see whether they align with the practice of law. Are you interested in justice? Do you want to promote an ethical environment? Do you want to assist people in attaining those goals?

If so, the practice of law may suit you well, and if you choose it with that understanding, you'll never regret your choice either.

I wish the very best of luck and the most fulfilling of careers!

Cheers!
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