Answering The Question: Why Did I Become A Lawyer?
Years from now, after you have graduated from law school, you go out for a cup of coffee and, while enjoying it, initiate a conversation with a stranger. Ultimately, this stranger asks “Why did you become a lawyer?” How do you answer it? Is your response as simple as “I love the law” or “for the money.” Or is it a longer, more well-reasoned response?
So what is the best answer to the question “Why do I want to become a lawyer?” or “Why did I become a lawyer?”
- I possess and convey knowledge of the ability to communicate and negotiate effectively with others.
- I welcome the opportunity to face and resolve conflict. The law never avoids conflict but always confronts it. “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
- I will help people.
- Becoming a lawyer means learning how to negotiate with and manage people. The Carnegie Institute says that while 13% of financial success relates to technical skills, 87% is based on three factors: (1) personality, (2) ability to negotiate, (3) ability to manage people. While many people may consider attorneys to generally have personality issues, the lack thereof may be compensated for with negotiation and people management skills, the other two factors that determine financial success.
- The law is one of the few professions that provide an intense analysis of the important decisions of the past as guides for the important decisions to be made in the present.
- Law encourages and promotes discussion and argument as a way to uncover the truth.
- The law allows individuals to engage in some of the most important discussions that people consider such as self-governance, the inherent good of man, and the fair treatment of man.
- The world needs great lawyers.
- It is a priceless act to be continually presented with opportunities to help people throughout my entire legal career.
- A legal career consistently and never fails to present challenges.
- I like excitement and challenges that are mentally tough. The law is not for the faint of heart. You must be strong. Mentally. Emotionally. Intellectually.
- I will be surrounded by intelligent, stimulating, and strong-willed individuals.
- The law is a story in which we may all participate in telling and shaping.
- Lawyers positively affect every facet of society.
- Without law, the world would be in ruins.
- People love good lawyers.
- The legal profession needs good people.
- I can make a difference.
- Societies that hate lawyers, or don’t have many lawyers, tend to be totalitarian regimes.
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