It’s a big deal in my family that I got into law school last year. My parents can’t stop bragging about the future lawyer in their family. Not only will I be the first family member with an advanced degree (Assuming I make it through, but that’s for another post), I’ll be in a prestigious profession.
Or, at least that’s how my parents see it. It’s surprisingly common for them to get pushback on my chosen prestigious profession. “Why didn’t he become an “insert less complex career here”?” is the most common negative response. I suppose this is meant as a joke. I don’t know why people would be such killjoys. My parents take it in stride (nothing is going to dampen their pride on this one), but it bothers me.
So, I’d like to take a moment and clear a few things up about why I have chosen this profession as my career.
A lot of people may think that I have put an undue burden on myself to complete such a difficult degree. However, when you are passionate about something, as I am when it comes to studying the law, it doesn’t seem overly complicated. I could read books for days about class-action lawsuits and anything related to business law and never get tired of it. That’s why I believe everyone should find their true calling. If you find something that you are interested in, going to work doesn’t seem so daunted every morning and there will be no such thing as “a case of the Monday’s”.
All lawyers that I have encountered have all been smart, hardworking, and passionate about their work. They believe in the law and in applying it fairly. That’s true across the board, no matter what area of law they’re in. Obviously, I meet quite a few lawyers these days and all of them are upstanding citizens. I feel like I fit into this group of people well and look forward to networking events with a group of my fellow classmates at the law school I am attending.
The second point I’d like to make is that lawyers are essential to business. I know a lot of people think going into business is the only way to make a living. I live in Texas, and we’re independent people. We don’t like working for anyone else. We want to set up our own situation and be our own bosses.
Well, first of all, plenty of lawyers go into business for themselves. And second, as you can see from the areas of practice for this business lawyer, lawyers are essential for anyone else to have a business as well.
Every day, lawyers help set up businesses, merge businesses, create and review contracts, help settle debts, help declare bankruptcy, and protect businesses from lawsuits. Lawyers are essential to getting businesses going and keeping them running in this country.
Basically, if everyone else wants to set up their own business, they need me to help them do it (in the future, again, hopefully).
That seems like a pretty good career to have, regardless of the difficulty of the subject.