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Should I Become a Lawyer? (the honest truth)

Should I Become a Lawyer? (the honest truth)

My first video in my Life as a Lawyer series. In this video, I tell you the honest truth of whether or not you should become a lawyer or go to law school. For those of you who are considering becoming a lawyer or deciding whether or not you want to go to law school you have to watch this first!

If you have any further questions please comment below and look for my next video coming out about how to apply to law school.

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  • Hwaran Kim -

    i have a lot of passions and my friends and family say I have talents in many other things, but I’ve wanted to be a lawyer recently. I’m still young, but I’ve been considering every factor, including finance, time management, my personal life, my family, debts, and my future. I love debating and I’m outgoing I’m things I am passionate about. I think I’m passionate about the job of a lawyer, but when I did some research, I found out that there were some factors that wouldn’t go well with me….

  • Justin Ferreira -

    I’m a litigation lawyer and I love it…yes you break your back and yes clients can be whiny and petty sometimes and yes studying for and financing your degree and law school sucks and the bar exams are intense but it really helps you develop the ability to think logically and coherently…and the part that I love the most about it is pitting yourself against another attorney and ripping them to shreds…really makes you feel like a pit bull sometimes and it also keeps you very sharp…if your the type of person that likes to challenge yourself intellectually then you will do really well…you will become argumentative and sometimes at home you have to remember to switch that part of you off but I love my career so much😬😁and once you begin to gain a reputation for winning the money will roll in😍she was correct in saying that you need a partner that is understanding and I’m lucky enough to be dating a wonderful and intelligent girl who used to work at my firm as a legal secretary so she understands and pushes me…you don’t sleep a lot and you will probably survive on energy drinks😂but you will be ok if you push yourself to make it😬

  • Charles Leon -

    Great video!! If you're watching and considering going to law school please, please watch and listen carefully! I was like many of you a few years ago and sooooo many people told me to do my research and listen carefully to other lawyers about going to law school. I did, but I don't think I listened enough. I graduated from law school in 2017. I have a decent non-law job now that I got right after graduation but honestly I should not have gone. I don't want to go so far as to say that I'm "haunted" by my decision to go to law school, but I definitely regret it. It's the sacrifice and the time commitment that you really need to pay attention too. Law school and the legal profession really take over your entire life. If you have other hobbies or other interests or other things that are very important to you, then you probably should not go to law school. The reality is, your career will take over your life for many, many years. For some people, that's just fine. They're okay with the sacrifice and are able to put their head down and just grind. But you have to be honest with yourself and really be aware of what you're getting into! The cost of going to law school timewise, moneywise, and stresswise is really not worth it if you're just going to "try it out." Even if you graduate and pass the bar exam, it's a very difficult and competitive career. It's hard to get a job or find your niche. I actually found that most lawyers and law students were NOT outgoing, social people. The trial lawyers are actually a very small percentage of lawyers. Most lawyers I met are introverted anti-social types. That should tell you more about the reality of the profession. Personally, I was definitely an outgoing person and showed a very strong aptitude for trial work. But it's such a small niche of the law, that if you're not fully dedicated and can't make the right connections, it's going to be very hard for you to find your way. However, be sure to talk to as many lawyers (of all types) as you can. Many, many lawyers I talk to have a negative perception of the career (honestly most.) However, there are plenty of others who are fine with it or even happy practicing! Make sure you talk to these people too, but try to get them to be HONEST. Don't settle for the bullshit, scripted, "this is what i'm supposed to say," stock answers. Really get into it with them about the time commitments, stress commitments, and the MONEY. I know it's impolite to ask about money, but my advice is don't be afraid. That's why most people get into this profession. There's too much at stake, and lawyers sacrifice too much to not be honest about discussing money. I'd be wary of lawyers who avoid discussing this aspect of the job.

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