Why are people in this profession so cynical ?

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Bartlebee06
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Why are people in this profession so cynical ?

Postby Bartlebee06 » Fri Mar 25, 2011 9:14 am

Is it because many are lead to be lawyers due to their own narcissism? Or do you think its because everyone from Shakespeare to my little sister thinks we are scumbags?

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Re: Why are people in this profession so cynical ?

Postby kalvano » Fri Mar 25, 2011 4:08 pm

Because everyone is out to fuck over everyone else.

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Re: Why are people in this profession so cynical ?

Postby Bartlebee06 » Fri Mar 25, 2011 4:25 pm

kalvano wrote:Because everyone is out to fuck over everyone else.



case and point

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Re: Why are people in this profession so cynical ?

Postby kalvano » Fri Mar 25, 2011 4:26 pm

WINNING!

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Re: Why are people in this profession so cynical ?

Postby Stanford4Me » Fri Mar 25, 2011 4:33 pm

Screw you.

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Re: Why are people in this profession so cynical ?

Postby Bartlebee06 » Fri Mar 25, 2011 4:53 pm

kalvano wrote:WINNING!


Yep. WINNING!

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Re: Why are people in this profession so cynical ?

Postby kalvano » Fri Mar 25, 2011 4:57 pm

As a serious matter, probably because you see all the bad stuff people do to each other all day. No one comes to a lawyer because they are getting along great with everyone.

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Re: Why are people in this profession so cynical ?

Postby crossarmant » Fri Mar 25, 2011 10:13 pm

Also from my experience in a family law firm, you see the dissolution of so many marriages and the poor situations that children are in. Criminal defense/prosecution you see more often than not, the lowest dredges of society showing up to the judge barely coherent and wearing ripped up jeans to the court house.

Also, I feel like so many people get into law school because they had a degree in English or Art History and couldn't take it anywhere and jumped into the profession because they thought "Hmmm... how about being a lawyer? They make a lot, right? I think I'd be a great lawyer because I like to argue." What they don't realize until they're balls deep into law school or the profession is that it's tons more paperwork and preparation, writing and scheduling, and a lot less "arguing". And that the "a lot of money" they think they'd make isn't as fulfilling out the gate. Go to law school and only make $55k out of school, they get upset because they thought attorneys made six figures immediately, not understanding that for most lawyers to get to that pay-grade they need to stay and work hard for years.

I think for most, people don't know exactly what the profession is like on the day to day. I feel like too many people come in straight from undergrad and think being a lawyer is a John Grisham novel. I definitely suggest taking some time off and working as a paralegal for two years before applying. The work experience can't hurt your applications anyways.

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Re: Why are people in this profession so cynical ?

Postby LoyalRebel » Fri Apr 01, 2011 12:04 am

kalvano wrote:WINNING!


This.

The practice of Law is, by its nature, intensely competitive, so there is definitely an alpha-male, "I'm better than you" vibe that people seem to get.




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