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Happy Lawyers -- They Do Exist

Lately, between the recession's impact on legal careers and studies saying that as many as 50 percent of lawyers would have chosen another field if they had their lives to live over, I have the urge to immediately caution anyone who's considering law school to think long and hard before acting on that impulse. Fortunately, there are still some lawyers out there who love their jobs and give hope to others about the possibility of having a fulfilling life in that profession.

As evidence, see the February edition of ABA Journal magazine, which offers an article dedicated to lawyers' thoughts on why they relish being lawyers. Here are some of the highlights:

"I get paid to read, write, think, talk and argue -- all things I would do anyway." -- Rick Ball

"What I love most about being a lawyer is that it never has to be boring." -- Howard Finklestein

"America is a society based on law and justice. I love the fact that I have a role in making this ideal a reality, however small." -- Richard Granat

"Why do I love being a lawyer? Because, once in a while, you get the opportunity to help someone who desperately needs your help. It feels good to be that person." -- D.A. "Duke" Drouillard

The entire list is humbling and worth reading. What I love most about this article is that none of the contributing lawyers said they loved being lawyers because it made them rich or feel important. Happy lawyers are in this profession because they like being of service to people who need someone to fight on their behalf.

Guest blogger Ruth Carter is a law student in her final semester at Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.

Posted by Laurel Newby on February 1, 2011 at 05:43 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

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