Reasons for Derogatory Names in Legal Profession?

(Please Ask Questions and Answer Questions)
Post Reply
jwinaz

Bronze
Posts: 174
Joined: Fri Sep 07, 2012 6:03 pm

Reasons for Derogatory Names in Legal Profession?

Post by jwinaz » Tue Dec 11, 2012 12:39 pm

As someone working in the non-law world and contemplating the possibility a legal career, I am discouraged by the culture I've seen of putting down certain segments of the professional law population, its institutions, job types, and the like. I just wonder how common this is in the legal profession and also whether people feel it has detrimental effects on students and/or working lawyers?

I have to say that I've mostly seen this sort of language and behavior online, so am not familiar with how lawyers and law students talk about their peers and profession in person. If I am over-generalizing, then I do apologize and am open to correction in this area. Yet, it has been something I've seen quite pervasively here and sometimes at other sites discussing the legal field.

I work as a billing specialist, so perhaps my field is not innately as competitive as something like law. But in talking to people in other fields, I'm not sure if I've come across this kind of self-loathing and derogatory terminology used to describe members of one's own profession (I'm thinking of terms like "TTT" ..."sh*t law"..."big law strikeouts/lottery losers").

Why does this exist in law and where does it come from?
Last edited by jwinaz on Tue Dec 11, 2012 12:51 pm, edited 2 times in total.

User avatar
Ruxin1

Silver
Posts: 1275
Joined: Fri Jul 23, 2010 3:12 pm

Re: Reason for Derogatory Names in Legal Profession?

Post by Ruxin1 » Tue Dec 11, 2012 12:40 pm

jwinaz wrote:As someone working in the non-law world and contemplating the possibility a legal career, I am discouraged by the culture I've seen of putting down certain segments of the professional law population, its institutions, job types, and the like. I just wonder how common this is in the legal profession and also whether people feel it has detrimental effects on students and/or working lawyers?

I have to say that I've mostly seen this sort of language and behavior online, so am not familiar with how lawyers and law students talk about their peers and profession in person. If I am over-generalizing, then I do apologize. Yet, it has been something I've seen quite pervasively here and sometimes at other sites discussing the legal field.

I work as a billing specialist, so perhaps my field is not innately as competitive as something like law. But in talking to people in other fields, I'm not sure if I've come across this kind of self-loathing and derogatory terminology used to describe members of one's own profession (I'm thinking of terms like "TTT" ..."sh*t law"..."big law strikeouts/lottery losers").

Why does this exist in law and where does it come from?
Self Awareness, realistic expectations...

Bronx Bum

Bronze
Posts: 472
Joined: Tue Jun 01, 2010 6:02 pm

Re: Reason for Derogatory Names in Legal Profession?

Post by Bronx Bum » Tue Dec 11, 2012 12:46 pm

POAST of the Decade.

westie25

Bronze
Posts: 120
Joined: Mon Jul 02, 2012 5:06 pm

Re: Reasons for Derogatory Names in Legal Profession?

Post by westie25 » Tue Dec 11, 2012 6:44 pm

Because the best (and really only) way to describe a legal job where you have no benefits, minimal time off, 70+ hour work weeks, and a salary of $35,000 is "sh*t law." Sometimes TTT comes from people being snobby, but you'll find the same snobby attitudes toward undergrad universities as well. Sometimes TTT or TTTT truly means the law school is terrible. Also, being an attorney is working in a "professional" field. Working as a billing specialist isn't even in the same category, so you're not going to see (or hear) the competiveness that goes on in "professional" fields. I'm sure similar talk goes on between doctors.

User avatar
prezidentv8

Gold
Posts: 2823
Joined: Mon Dec 29, 2008 5:33 am

Re: Reasons for Derogatory Names in Legal Profession?

Post by prezidentv8 » Tue Dec 11, 2012 6:50 pm

westie25 wrote:I'm sure similar talk goes on between doctors.
Snooty MDs wrote:DO? LOL u wut a TTT degree!

Want to continue reading?

Register now to search topics and post comments!

Absolutely FREE!


User avatar
jkpolk

Silver
Posts: 1236
Joined: Thu Nov 10, 2011 10:44 am

Re: Reasons for Derogatory Names in Legal Profession?

Post by jkpolk » Tue Dec 11, 2012 6:53 pm

jwinaz wrote:As someone working in the non-law world and contemplating the possibility a legal career, I am discouraged by the culture I've seen of putting down certain segments of the professional law population, its institutions, job types, and the like. I just wonder how common this is in the legal profession and also whether people feel it has detrimental effects on students and/or working lawyers?

I have to say that I've mostly seen this sort of language and behavior online, so am not familiar with how lawyers and law students talk about their peers and profession in person. If I am over-generalizing, then I do apologize and am open to correction in this area. Yet, it has been something I've seen quite pervasively here and sometimes at other sites discussing the legal field.

I work as a billing specialist, so perhaps my field is not innately as competitive as something like law. But in talking to people in other fields, I'm not sure if I've come across this kind of self-loathing and derogatory terminology used to describe members of one's own profession (I'm thinking of terms like "TTT" ..."sh*t law"..."big law strikeouts/lottery losers").

Why does this exist in law and where does it come from?
DR; I only read elite posts

nickb285

Silver
Posts: 1499
Joined: Mon Jul 16, 2012 4:25 pm

Re: Reasons for Derogatory Names in Legal Profession?

Post by nickb285 » Tue Dec 11, 2012 6:54 pm

.
Last edited by nickb285 on Sun Jul 16, 2017 5:50 pm, edited 1 time in total.

User avatar
SuperCerealBrah

Bronze
Posts: 323
Joined: Sun Jul 01, 2012 6:34 pm

Re: Reasons for Derogatory Names in Legal Profession?

Post by SuperCerealBrah » Tue Dec 11, 2012 7:11 pm

Most of it has to do with how astonishingly broken this profession really is at the moment. It is a form of self loathing that is also projected onto others due to an industry and profession that is royally screwing a LOT of its own progeny. This profession is eating its own young.

Edit: And yea, it does definitely get out of hand, I agree. The above posters link is a good thread to read as well.

User avatar
typ3

Silver
Posts: 1362
Joined: Sun Feb 28, 2010 12:04 am

Re: Reasons for Derogatory Names in Legal Profession?

Post by typ3 » Tue Dec 11, 2012 8:21 pm

SuperCerealBrah wrote:Most of it has to do with how astonishingly broken this profession really is at the moment. It is a form of self loathing that is also projected onto others due to an industry and profession that is royally screwing a LOT of its own progeny. This profession is eating its own young.

Edit: And yea, it does definitely get out of hand, I agree. The above posters link is a good thread to read as well.

The profession has always been like this. It is nothing new.

Read articles / commentary / books from the early 1900's and you'll find that it is exactly the same. Well paid defense mill work and the rest of the profession starving / hustling / etc. The only thing different now is that law students have higher debt loads.

Want to continue reading?

Register for access!

Did I mention it was FREE ?


bk1

Diamond
Posts: 20064
Joined: Sun Mar 14, 2010 7:06 pm

Re: Reasons for Derogatory Names in Legal Profession?

Post by bk1 » Tue Dec 11, 2012 8:25 pm

This is the internet, did you expect puppies and rainbows?

User avatar
somewhatwayward

Silver
Posts: 1442
Joined: Wed Sep 30, 2009 5:10 pm

Re: Reasons for Derogatory Names in Legal Profession?

Post by somewhatwayward » Tue Dec 11, 2012 8:55 pm

bk187 wrote:This is the internet, did you expect puppies and rainbows?
beat me to "hello, my name is the internet; have we met?"

Register now!

Resources to assist law school applicants, students & graduates.

It's still FREE!


Post Reply

Return to “Ask a Law Student”