DegreeDiary

4 Reasons Being a Lawyer Sucks

Being a lawyer in the United States has its own perks. There are not too many jobs that pay $400 an hour, even when a lawyer has lunch with their client. The problem is that there are too many in the profession of law when have no business being in this profession. As a result, the general public’s perception about lawyers and their business is not, well, positive. Does it such being a lawyer? Some in this profession think so. Given below are 4 reasons why someone may not want to pursue a career in law.

It’s a stressful job

Being a lawyer is stressful, even when one considers the money. Every year, thousands of law graduates pass out and many of them join the big law firms. And once they enter the vortex of big firm law, there is no escaping the intense pressure. Lawyers, especially the new ones, need to put in insane hours. The carrot of partnership is brandished in front of their eyes right in the beginning of their career and they spend their entire career running after it. And even when someone finally becomes a partner, their working hours keep going further north. Lawyers suffering from depression are now norms and expectations.

The job doesn’t end

Fighting a case in court is the ultimate objective in life for most lawyers. Unfortunately, many of them don’t even get to see the insides of courtrooms. Their entire career is spent in offices where they either negotiate with clients and other lawyers or handle ream after ream of documents. For these professionals, being a lawyer does suck at times. And even those that fight court cases need to spend months spent on preparing documents and taking depositions and filing and arguing motions. With luck, a trial date would be assigned and if all goes well, the trial can be over in three or four years. The problem is that most lawyers fight multiple cases simultaneously and there is no escaping the drudgery of the work that has to be put in.

No personal time

We know that lawyers work insane hours – most lawyers put in 80 to 100 hours a week. But there is no respite even after putting in 15 hours of work in a day. Clients may call late at night and on weekends and a lawyer cannot refuse to take their calls. After all, it’s the client that pays. It is not surprising that law features as one of the top professions when one calculates divorce stats.

Income reality Not every lawyer earns six figure salaries – only a handful do. If one discounts the lawyers that pass out from the top schools, some of the rest need to grovel and limp just to get some experience. Many lawyers start their career pro bono, even when they work for big law firms and not for social causes.

These 4 reasons clearly tend to indicate that being a lawyer sucks. So, should no one become a lawyer? Someone could, provided they are deeply passionate about this career.

More about
live like Dave

live like Dave

Top Posts | Paralegal & Law

Does The Legal Field Accommodate Everyone?

A lingering misconception that is prevalent among many people, both inside and out of the legal field, is that law students have a very limited range of choices when it comes to their career options. This simply isn't true. Law graduates are not confound to being attorneys, solicitors and ... ...

A Degree in Environmental Law

Do you enjoy politics? Do you dream of fighting for the environment? Well, in that case, a degree in environmental law could very well be the perfect field for you. This is a field that teaches you everything about research, law, politics and everything surrounding sustainability and the disc ...

4 Reasons Being a Lawyer Sucks

Being a lawyer in the United States has its own perks. There are not too many jobs that pay $400 an hour, even when a lawyer has lunch with their client. The problem is that there are too many in the profession of law when have no business being in this profession. As a result, the general pu ...

Critical Elements of a Legal Brief

Reading, interpreting, and writing in the legal field can prove to be challenging for anyone--the material is generally very dense, with such an incredible amount of information that every single word matters. Many legal students--as well as students in business, political science, history, a ...

10 Reasons Not To Become A Lawyer

Law degree courses are one of the most popular options for school-leavers. A career as a lawyer is seen as lucrative, glamorous and exciting. However, it’s not all a bed of roses; here are ten drawbacks that might make you think twice about chasing that wig and gown. 1. St ... ...

Diary of a Trial Juror

The trial ended today. Exactly on the third court day after we started. I have to admit serving as a juror on this particular trial was quite an experience. Judge Mary Johnson said we were an unusually good jury. It’s always hard for people to suddenly leave their real lives behind and ... ...