The Benefits of Being a Lawyer

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The legal system affects many aspects of our society, from simple things like crossing the street to buying a home. Behind the backbone of this system, we find the lawyer. He not only holds a position of great responsibility but must abide by a strict ethical code. Despite the amount of time it takes to become a good lawyer, in the end he will receive many benefits from going into this profession.

Monetary Benefits

  • Many young men and women decide to go into the law profession because of the money they will make. How much money you can earn depends upon what kind of job you want to take. Generally, if an attorney decides to work for a law firm or a business, he will earn much more than he would if he worked for a state or local government. In July of 2007, the attorney firm, Vinson & Elkins increased the associate compensation in its Washington and Texas offices up to $160,000 to match the pay that first-year lawyers make in New York. The website, Pay Scale, in its update of July 2010, reported that the average pay of an attorney just entering the profession was between $45,098 and $76,042. Keep in mind, though, that if you want to reach the higher pay scales, you must pay the price, which is often long hours.

Making a Difference

  • Lawyers will have opportunities each day to help people who need assistance navigating the legal system. Good people at times will find that they have gotten into difficult or desperate circumstances. All people make mistakes, but many of these people will deserve a second chance. The lawyer steps in to protect the weak and disadvantaged. It may not seem like much of an accomplishment to help only one person. However, helping just one person at a time can make a big difference in society.

Better Decisions and Choices

  • Studying law sharpens reasoning, analytical skills and critical thinking. You will not only look at things more objectively and logically, but will better recognize the variety of factors that can affect outcomes and will better understand their relationships. Thus, there will be an improvement in your ability to predict the conclusions of alternative options.

Self-Confidence

  • People who do not know the legal profession often think that every legal question has a clear-cut answer. Nothing is from the truth. Every time you can convince others that you have the correct answer, this will give your self-confidence a little boost. Interestingly enough, even though you may lose an argument, your self-confidence will increase.As you continue to gain confidence in your judgment,you will have the courage to say and do the right thing in your own mind even in the face of peer pressure, adversity and even embarrassment.

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