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What do you think of being a lawyer?

Asked by olina (58points) April 1st, 2010

I’m learning the International Economic Law.I want to be a lawyer in the furture。Do you think that being a lawyer is a good choice?

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Fred931's avatar

If you’re a successful lawyer, then, economically, you pockets should be well-filled.

zandrace's avatar

I have some great advice for you, but my rates start at 1k per hour :)

cazzie's avatar

Oh, hey… International Economic Law? Are you taking accounting classes as well? I think it would depend greatly on where you live and what you really want to do on a practical level. Do you want to help businesses in developing counties trade on the world wide market? Or do you want to help large, multinational corporations get richer and re-locate to developing markets, taking advantage of local tax benefits and low labour costs? Both need good, practical advice and knowledge of international trading laws. Depends where your heart is. (only half joking)

DarkScribe's avatar

Someone has to do it. All you need is nothing. Nothing in the way of ethics and empathy that is.

(Just joking – it is still April Fool’s day in some parts of the world.)

john65pennington's avatar

As long as humans breathe, there will be a need for police officers, doctors, nurses and lawyers.

To be a good lawyer is a good choice. the competition is tough right now and some attorneys are starving. just be sure you have a game plan and stick to it.

Dog's avatar

Keep in mind that there are many different areas of law to go into. Law can be used to change a lot of lives for the better. It can really make a difference.

Go for it!

noyesa's avatar

The competition is always tough for lawyers. There is the mythical image of the wealthy lawyer who has it all, but the reality is that most lawyers are not that well off, and don’t live lavish lifestyles. They work their asses off for relatively little. It’s a make-it-or-break-it kind of field. I know someone who is an excellent lawyer, graduated from Columbia University. He actually doesn’t make a whole lot. Rather than being a corporate or criminal lawyer (he had the option, it was just against his creed) he decided to work for a non-profit providing legal advice to underprivileged people who can’t afford proper legal counsel.

Needless to say, he doesn’t make a whole lot. And he’s a good lawyer.

Not to mention all of the bad ones out there who ace through school and just don’t make it in the field.

cazzie's avatar

I’ve worked for lawyers in New Zealand and in the States and there was no comparison as to who became my friend and who I never care to see again in my life. Now, I don’t want to extrapolate from such a small number, but I think many lawyers in the US are very different type of people. They have such an odd legal system, with their litigation and civil suits. In other countries, lawyers a more respected profession.
Given that you’re studying such an interesting and horizon defeating topic, you should be able to get involved in many different aspects of law that will probably fit your personality and your salary requirements. It’s a broad field. Follow your bliss, as Dharma would say.

shiny's avatar

Believe your choice. Lawyer is good occupation in everywhere and it has a high pay. The most important is that you like it. So, don’t doubt your chioce.

Dog's avatar

I have been toying with the idea of going to Law School, not for the $ so much as the ability to help others. Many are afraid of legal proceedings or cannot afford such counsel. It would be nice to be able to really help those in crisis.

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