5 Reasons Why Being a Lawyer is Really Not as Cool as I Thought

3 Debt does not just suck, it really sucks. “Don’t worry about it” they said. “It’s like just having one extra bill a month.” “Law school pays for itsself.” Sound familiar? Yeah, because everyone who went to college in the 1970s assumed that college was basically the exact same kind of deal 40 years later.

Well, it turns out, they were wrong. Law school tuition cost has risen between 2.5 and 5.3 times the inflation rate. So, next time some retired and rich lawyer says “It’s totally worth it. Even if you don’t go into law, having a degree is very valuable,” you should probably punch them in the face.

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3 Comments

  1. NurRauch

    June 17, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Being a public defender is hard. Who knew?? Keep your chin up, author. The thanklessness of the job is part of the REASON it’s such a noble profession. Not just anybody can go to work and get spit on by the judge and the prosecutor and even their own clients every day and decide to get up in the morning and do it all over again tomorrow.

  2. C.D.G

    June 17, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    A few issues with the article.

    1. First of all, being a Public Defender is every bit as noble as you thought. Perhaps you thought you would be representing nothing but innocent clients. Or maybe you thought that just because your client actually did what they are accused of, the case should resolve with a plea. The reality is that it is a hard and thankless job. But every time you defend the rights of a guilty client, you are protecting the rights of every person in the country of having their rights stripped away. Yes, you are often representing the dregs of society, but if they feel you are actually fighting for them, you will get a positive response.

    2. Suits don’t look good? Thats because it isn’t fitting right. I see lots of young attorneys that look like they borrowed their fathers suit. The neck is too loose, the tie is barely snugged or tied incorrectly. You don’t have to spend $1000 on a suit to look good. Just but one that fits. Suck it up and stop buying your shirts too big. Ill have you know I look good in my suits and can wear a bow tie without looking the least bit ironic or hipster.

    3. I agree with you here.

    4. I disagree with every fiber of my soul. Competition for seats at reputable law schools (I refuse to address the degree mill schools) is around 250 to 1. That means for every student admitted, 249 don’t make the cut. Out of the admitted students, a hefty number will wash out and only about half to three quarters that graduate will pass a bar exam. Of those, while they can all call themselves practicing attorneys, only a very few have the stamina, talent and ability to be successful trial attorneys. The law changes almost daily and requires constant education and updating to keep up. A good litigator will often be responsible for making the changes in the law. It is not a static, technical profession but a fluid dynamic one. While I know brain surgery is very difficult and requires alot of education, it is for the most part a technicians job. New procedures and a better understanding over time certainly has its place in the evolving practice of medicine, but the actual human body doesn’t change very much over the course of a career. The law does.

    5. Being right doesn’t mean you will win. Never does. But being right means never giving up the fight. If you lose and give up, you should never have been practicing in the first place.

  3. PK

    June 21, 2013 at 1:08 am

    The article states the opinion of the author and probably what he/she went through. I personally have been through the same situations probably more than a couple of times. At the end of the day, overcoming or making these situations improve is what counts. There’s no perfect job out there. It’s just whether you enjoy and want to continue your job or change jobs. If you’ve found a job that suits you, you will have less issues with it and less complaints about it.

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