Why Do You Want To Be A Lawyer?

    • December 3, 2015 at 3:46 pm #930
      Mike Kim
      Keymaster

      So, why do you want to be a lawyer?

    • December 9, 2015 at 7:50 am #1017
      sarahfatima
      Participant

      I want to be a lawyer because as a person who lives in the world’s most militarised place I understand the importance of human rights. I want to dedicate my life to the cause of fighting for the rights of those that have been denied of them. I dream about being a world renowned human rights lawyer and ultimately working at the ICC or becoming the UNHCHR. Success to me would mean bringing justice and a peaceful closure to those who have been oppressed.

      • December 10, 2015 at 2:13 am #1025
        trasi28
        Participant

        I would love to be a lawyer, because I believe in speaking for those who can not speak for themselves, and defending the law…no matter how often it changes. I am from Africa, and I’ve seen much to much injustice and no power to affect any change. I have an opportunity now to bring those who would violate the law/others into accountability.
        I want to understand the law and how it affects me and this country. I dream about being a lawyer& I wake up to the sound of the law. This is what I was born to do!!!

    • December 9, 2015 at 6:13 pm #1021
      Mike Kim
      Keymaster

      Thanks so much for sharing — the absolute best part of my job is that I get to work with so many wonderful students, and even more specifically, help them in their most admirable pursuits — excited to have you on the site.

    • December 14, 2015 at 4:38 pm #1046
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      #1 My father. He was one of the first African American lawyers in the area where I am from. I first wanted to be a police officer, but he always told me I would be like him lol. We loved to argue about everything when I was a child. but I have to say he was right lol. His passing in 2011 only affirmed my belief that law was the way to go for me.

      #2 I noticed I was pretty good at understanding complex arguments/ideas in the classes I took. Especially those dealing with law such as constitutional law. I was the nerd that always answered the question, and most of the time, I would be correct lol.

      So for me it was legacy, as well as the fact I believe I hold a unique talent in the study of law..

      Besides,who doesn’t love talking about the implications of the law….lol.

    • December 28, 2015 at 12:04 am #1096
      emilia
      Participant

      Definitely to help people! Many have this absurd misconception that the only way to be of any use in this world is to become a physician or be in the healthcare industry but I beg to differ. There are so many individuals who practically have their basic human rights stripped of themselves because they do not know the basic law and cannot defend themselves. As the first born in the U.S. my parents have always struggled with a language barrier and I hope that by becoming a lawyer I can bridge this gap and help those who are in need!

    • October 24, 2016 at 12:05 am #2804
      alexis38
      Participant

      Thank you Mike for this Forum.

      I struggle with this question a lot. I am 38, long gone from my college days. I had wanted to go to Law School right out of college but joined the Workforce for a few years. I had grown in family business and as much I loved my corporate paychecks I missed the action of a business. But things really didnt work out that well! The economy just hit bottom at the right moment for things not to go well. Confidence does take a hit. So a few years back, I decided to look again at being a Lawyer. I once more wanted to step into the business world, but something told me that having more knowledge of the Law would get me farther. Would help me understand things better. But once more the business did not work as well as I thought. So I stopped.
      This time I purchased your book. I enrolled in the December exam. I struggle every day, with the question “Why do I want to be a Lawyer?”
      I feel like, in this day of age, having extensive law knowledge is a must. I do struggle because I dont envision myself as a Lawyer. That is not a good thing. I have worked with Lawyers in our family business. I dont like the hectic lifestyle many of them have. I am a very relaxed person. I struggle with the fact that my personality might not fit the profession. I am more of a creative individual. I am not interested in being a trial lawyer. Basically I want to be a Lawyer in order to understand the law, how it related to my businesses and how I can use that knowledge to gain me an advantage.
      Sometimes I wonder if I am making a mistake. If there is another way. I am around chapter 22 and I have to say that its not easy for me to pick your book up every day. Because that question haunts me every day. Sometimes I dont study because of it. Its my personal hurdle. Alexis, Why do you want to be a Lawyer? Ill be honest. Im not interested in helping anyone as a charity cause. Although I am naturally a helper, so I must imagine that I will help many people in the course of my life.
      Sometimes I wish they would obligate everyone that goes to college to earn a JD as well.
      Perhaps that is something that you can help me with. For sure I have many questions that pertain to the topics, LR, LG, RC (I just created the account here. Perhaps I should have done it when I got the book). I definitely hit a mental block at some points, and my brain goes haywire and then it is hard to recover after that.
      Perhaps I should postpone until next year, but then I probably wont do it. After all I have been thinking about it for over 15 years. This is the first time I actually purchased the test.
      But what is it that I am missing? IF I have so much natural interest, why cant I answer that question so easily? Why cant I use that to fire my Mind and Spirit so that every day I can put my full focus and attention to studying and nailing that test?
      I could be robotic or mechanic as you say in the book. I wish I could be that person. Take the book, read, practice. Do it again tomorrow. I just cant. But I cant be. That is not the way I work. Why do I want to be a lawyer? I need that question answered. Where do I want to take this? Why do I need this? Just reading the tools and mindset in your book talk to my needs and wants but its still not clear cut.
      I cant envision myself like typical lawyers. I do envision myself with the Knowledge of Law, and using that knowledge for my advantage. But the vision is yet not clear. My path is not clear cut. Perhaps a person like you can help more in this regard. I know that if that I remove that mental block, I can really put my focus on it. Perhaps it will remove my fear of failure or not being good enough. Perhaps the intense dedication required goes against my relaxed and chill personality (a friend of mine is in law school and tells me how intense it is). Then again, if I were to be a lawyer that character trait of mine will be part of it. Chill and Relax. I can be very intense. But only when required. I cant be intense all the time. Do I fit with being a lawyer? Is there space for me?
      This was a long winded post. But its the question that will determine my success in my studies for the LSAT, the score of the LSAT, Law School, Bar Exam, and how I choose to implement being a Lawyer. Why do I want to be a Lawyer. I still truly dont know.
      Hope you can help.

    • October 27, 2016 at 12:41 am #2809
      LSAT Dan
      Participant

      Where are all the future prosecutors!?

    • November 2, 2016 at 10:00 am #2819
      Mike Kim
      Keymaster

      Hi Alexis —

      Thank you for sharing your situation —

      I wish I could be of some use to you here, but I’m sorry to say I don’t think I can be —

      I’m not qualified to give advice about anything other than these silly tests, and, more importantly, I think the questions you ask are ones that only you can answer for yourself.

      I do think that the struggle with uncertainty is a necessary part of developing — I know that doesn’t make the situation any more pleasant, and it doesn’t meant you shouldn’t continue to seek more certainty, but I just figured I’d through that out there to say that I deal with the same types of struggles and sympathize with you —

      Take care — Mike

    • November 2, 2016 at 11:15 am #2821
      LSAT Dan
      Participant

      As a former attorney, let me say with respect to Alexis’s post that there is a multiplicity of options available within the practice of law other than trial work, as well as a variety of lifestyles – they’re by no means all “hectic.” That doesn’t mean that practicing law is right for Alexis, but it does mean that the post may reflect a narrower view of the profession of a lawyer than actually exists. I’d strongly recommend Kimm Walton’s “America’s Greatest Places to Work with a Law Degree” for Alexis and anyone else with whom that post resonated. When I went from a firm to a solo practice, I vastly reduced (and could have eliminated, had I wanted to) my court appearances altogether. I did a lot of advising companies, drafting and reviewing contracts and other documents, etc.

    • November 6, 2016 at 10:40 am #2832
      cbasikmph
      Participant

      I want to pursue a law degree with an emphasis in health law and public health law/policy because I want to work to protect people and practitioners by pushing for health policies/laws that will benefit the health of our people in every aspect of care.

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