When you hear the word “lawyer” or “attorney” what type of imagery comes to mind?  If I were a betting man, I’d guess that the connotation you associate with these terms is fairly negative–due, at least in part, to the fact that lawyers aren’t needed until a wrongdoing has happened.  Even lawyers themselves have reasons to maintain the same connotation in terms of what it takes to become a lawyer, the importance of the job itself, and the obligations that are involved with becoming a lawyer.  When analyzing your own connotations, consider the following:

  • How long does one have to train and educate themselves in order to become a lawyer?  The education itself is daunting, but remember that education simply allows an individual to take a state test to see if they have retained enough information to become a lawyer.
  • With that education, comes a massive load of debt.  College is not cheap–never has been, never will be.  Attorneys get the short end of the stick in terms of tuition costs because they have to go to school for longer periods of time and they also have to go to more prestigious universities in order to stand apart from their competition.
  • Because of the nature of the job, you will live in a world of stress and negativity.  Keeping the end in mind, understand the function of the position–you will connect with people in difficult situations in life, often negative and massively stressful.  If you’re doing your job right, you will be surrounded by clients within this space in life and there will be no end this pattern.

Even though the average attorney has plenty to complain about, there are also plenty of perks in becoming a lawyer as well!  Here’s a short list of a few reasons to become an attorney, despite the commonly known “disadvantages” of the profession:

  • Regardless of how much student debt you are in, you put yourself in a great position to make a lot of money.  It’s no secret that lawyers can make a ton of money–and that is absolutely the truth.  The space requires a great deal of knowledge, and when you can couple your knowledge base with proficient skill, you will be rewarded beyond your expectations.
  • Because of the large amounts of money, you can create a life that allows you to leverage other people’s time so that you can free up some for yourself!  One of the things I did with my first paycheck involved contacting a lawn maintenance company and hire them out to take care of every little piece of maintenance at my home.  This alone was nearly worth the extra time and money spent at college.
  • In today’s crazy world, you have positioned yourself to know your rights and to have that information at the tip of your tongue.  Once you’ve spent a decade within the law, deciphering what you’re allowed to do (and what you should avoid doing), you’ll be well versed in what will and will not get you in trouble.  At that point, you can make informed decisions on how to live the life you want without fear of persecution.

The next time you’re watching your favorite TV drama that is painting an attorney as a scummy, sleazy, underhanded thief; remember, there are some good ones out there as well, enjoying their career and the freedoms it affords them!