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« on: July 17, 2005, 08:48:27 AM »
I read the survey results during 2003 about lawyers who had taken the bar.
51% glad they had taken the bar/49%not glad they had taken the bar.
There are possibly several reasons why lawyers would say 'don't do it.' One is the additional competition for clients who are the sole support of many lawyers.
Otherwise, I think MR2Tyler's theory is very sound. Very few people are satisfied about their positions in life.
I think it is better to think of the opportunities which a law degree would provide. Practicing as a lawyer is not the only option; in fact many law schools are now offering JD executive degrees meant for business executives, not lawyers. Many practicing lawyers are also successful business owners and CEOs, teachers, CPA's, etc. I also think it is important that lawyers have knowledge and skills besides just representation, counsel and paperwork.
I think it would be more interesting to question lawyers about the reasons they originally wanted to go to law school. If they are anything similar as myself, I am sure the answer would have changed several times.
That is an interesting question. Let's explore a little.
We know that the business of law is rather competitive, starting with undergrad GPA and LSAT scores. Perhaps a hypothetical scenario would best explain the situation.
Let's say Mr. Lawson is a prospective lawyer. He really wants to become a lawyer so he studies and studies, and gets through undergrad school near or at the top percent of his class. He is 'big frog in the little pond.' Many of the others didn't make it as far.
He studies and studies and gets a sufficient LSAT score which gets him into an acceptable law school, (acceptable as per his personal requirements). His success finds him amongst other 'big frogs' whose main goals are similar to his. To maintain his image of himself, he must work and study at a rate to keep himself at his level of comfort.
He graduates and passes the bar. Many of the others did not make it as far. He is accepted into the Bar and realizes that he is now 'the little frog' because of his lack of professional experience. His credentials are questioned and ridiculed, because there is always someone somewhere with something better. Even amongst his alumni, there is discension, because everyone thinks their professors were better or tougher grading or the classes weren't 'the same.'
Suppose Mr. Lawson is fortunate enough to get hired at a firm which is interested in assisting him to establish his career. Most of the clients are referred to him by senior partners who are too busy. One little screw up could seriously damage Mr. Lawson's reputation, the reputation of the firm, and the life of the client.
I wonder if lawyers ever sleep at night.
How are we supposed to determine what is right or wrong? The subject of estate tax is not the same as the colonists and the high tea tax.
Sure, tax money is spent many ways. Some people agree with some of the expenses-- such as education, health care, public welfare, the space program, farm and fishing subsidies, and a zillion others. And some of the expenses are more controversial, such as war, funded abortions or executions, etc. Probably not one person agrees with all of the ways that tax money is spent by the government.
The government provides plenty of tax breaks, credits, deductions, etc. Why complain about taxes, including estate tax?