Pros and Cons of Being a Lawyer

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Watching movies or TV Series about lawyers can fascinate anyone and inspire anyone to become a lawyer. But do you know what it takes to be a lawyer in real life? The lawyers in TV shows and movies are actors who are given ample chances for retakes to perfect the shots and work as per scripts but in real life, there are no retakes and no scripts. One mistake can cost them the lives of their clients.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Being a Lawyer.

Advantages of being a lawyer


  • One of the biggest advantages of becoming a lawyer is that you can earn a huge amount every month. After a year into the practice, you can start earning up to 7 figure income and it only keeps increasing. But, you can charge a huge fee if you have a better success rate. You cannot expect a huge fee at the initial stage of your career and you need to do some practices for few years to establish yourself as a good lawyer.
  • Becoming a lawyer is considered a very reputed profession because you have to invest few years in studying and passing a law degree from a law school, which is not everyone’s cup of tea. You are looked up to by everyone around you and you will get many benefits from society.
  • You will never stop learning. It is not possible to remember every single law and act hence with every new case you have read the laws related to the respective case again and again. As every case is different, you will learn something new from the different circumstances.
  • If you are someone who is into providing justice and being the torchbearer of justice being a lawyer will help your career, you can climb the ladder and become a judge or you can become a prosecutor to earn a huge salary from the government. If you are becoming a lawyer for the money then you can join a corporate company as their legal advisor.
  • Many people choose to become lawyers because they want to genuinely help people to get out of their situations. They know that people who seek assistance from a lawyer have no other way to go and do not know what to do. They are not aware of their rights. If you are someone who wants to help as many people as possible legally then this is the right path for you.

Now let’s look at some of the disadvantages of being a lawyer

  • Being a lawyer is not a 9-5 job. You work round the clock for long hours at a stretch. You have to wrap up the case as soon as possible for the clients and for that you need to be on your toes looking for different provisions under the book of the law, preparing strategies, checking evidence, finding new ones many other things. If you are working for a private firm then you may end up working for more than 70 hours a week.
  • You will be completely dedicated to your work and have no social life or family life or personal life. You will miss out on important celebrations as you may be working overnight or staying back for more hours. You will miss out on your hobbies. You won’t have a leave even on public or national holidays.
  • The clients are paying the lawyers on per hour basis, so they can become very demanding and pressurize you to find the solution ASAP. They do not want to spend a lot on the lawyer’s fees.

Lawyers earn a lot of money because they have spent a lot on their law school fees. It’s not easy to complete law school without proper funding or scholarships. Many people take loans from banks in order to enroll in a law school and continue studying.