It has become pretty standard to hear of those in the legal profession that don’t like their job. Some surveys show as many as half of all lawyers would not enter the legal profession if they had to do it over again and wouldn’t recommend that others become lawyers. But what about the half that would enter the legal profession if they had to do it all over again, or the half that would recommend the profession to others? In a recent ABA Journal article entitled “Why I love being a lawyer,” a sample of attorneys get quoted about why they love their jobs. I had to share a couple that made me smile:
When I opened my first-year property law casebook and read the first case, I knew right then that I had made the right decision to become a lawyer. I still have that same feeling of excitement whenever I sit down to read a brief or an opinion of the Supreme Court. I just find the intellectual side of the law deeply satisfying. Add to that a chance to help clients solve very difficult problems and to argue before the Supreme Court on a regular basis, and I often have to pinch myself to convince me it is real. Carter Phillips.
I love being a lawyer because when I stand up before a jury and thank my clients for the privilege of representing them (and I usually feel pretty emotional whenever I say that, with chills) I realize I am being trusted to present them, what they feel, what they believe. Anthony Minchella.
Best job in the world: I get paid to read, write, think, talk and argue — all things I would do anyway. Rick Ball.