A legal profession may be a good or bad choice in your life and it is thus important to know a few general facts about the same in order to made a sound decision on whether to pursue it or not.

Many Responsibilities

First, any legal practitioner is expected to handle a large number of responsibilities quickly within a tight schedule. This may entail having many clients with diverse workloads. For instance, legal attorneys may handle as many as 30 to 60 cases at once. Legal Service lawyers may cooperate when dealing with complex cases in order to finish them in time. Indeed, this requires a person who is passionate and driven.

Have to Be Driven and Aggressive

Secondly, a law profession gives one some independence and responsibility. To be a distinguished lawyer you have to be self-driven and aggressive. This happens especially when contacting your clients or looking for new ones. The autonomy associated with the profession can make one think legal services may be repetitive over time. However, it is critical to know that a legal profession is intellectually stimulating and challenging as clients always come with unique cases. As a result, one has to be smart to be good in business as today we have tough judges who are keen.

Will Need a Mentor

Thirdly, to offer legal services and win cases it requires some funding. A fresh graduate from a law school should be aware of this fact as he or she enters the market. Thus, he or she should have good networking with other senior lawyers to collaborate or work under their already established firms to gain experience. In addition, a legal professional may be frustrated as some organizations may freeze salaries or lay off some of the lawyers or attorneys to cope with the low funding and scarce resources.

Need to Find More Legal Outlets

Fourth, the legal professional may be demotivating. Some legal practitioners may feel that their work does not have sufficient large-scale impact because mostly the individual client approach may be frustrating in some cases. This can be due to busy schedules of some. Besides, individual client approach may lead to social ills like somebody being bribed to do an inadequate job to frustrate the client at the end. To overcome this challenge, some lawyers find ways of providing direct services to clients and at the same time working with large groups. Legal professionals do this by influencing the state courts and consulting persons about bills or policy frameworks at the state level.

Freedom to Work As You Need

Lastly, a legal profession is flexible. With or without leaves from the organization or the legal firm you work for, you can still enjoy as you do not need to go to work every morning. You can contact your clients using many platforms and get what you want without any inconvenience.


To pursue a legal profession you need to know the following facts: you have to work under pressure because of limited time, there is a lot of autonomy which should come with responsibility, there may be funding challenges, it may be demotivating at personal and organizational level and lastly it has flexibility.

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Have you been wondering how to brief a case or whether it’s even worth your time to do so? Learn when and how to brief a case so you don’t get embarrassed in class and are prepared for capturing the most important part of the case.

I want to give you some advice on briefing cases.

Should You Brief Cases?

First the magic question should you bother briefing cases? Since you are likely hearing conflicting information your professors at academic support faculty are telling you yes and some upper level students are tell you no.

Early in my teaching career this question came up during a faculty meeting. In the room were very successful academics who attended the most prestigious law schools in the country. About half the people in the room said they briefed all throughout law school and the other half said they didn’t, quitting after the first semester of law school.

Purpose of Briefing a Case

Before answering the question we first have to discuss the purpose of case briefing which is twofold. First, case briefing is designed to prepare you for classroom discussion. For some of you your professors cold call so you don’t want to be embarrassed by not being prepared, but even if you’re not in that situation you still need to be prepared because being prepared will allow for greater engagement during class time. If you’re not engaged you will likely not fully understand the discussion which will lead to lower grades.

The second purpose of case briefing is to get the rule of law. At a bare minimum before class time you need to find the rule of law for each case. Write it down then revise it during class if it’s not correct. This is important because the rule of law is the only information you need after you finish discussing the case.

Brief a Case? Yes and No

So now let’s answer the question of whether you need to brief cases the answer is yes and no. During your first semester you should definitely brief cases including the case name, the court’s name, the relevant facts, the procedural history, the issue, the rule of law, the holding and the court’s rationale. This is essential because what you are doing is learning how to read and understand case law. Now by understand I don’t mean a superficial understanding, but a deep understanding that will help you develop the skills you need to succeed.

Most law students fail to brief because they think that they know the case. They don’t so use case briefing as a method, at least for a semester, to learn how to think like a lawyer. Now after the first semester if you’ve mastered the skill sufficiently then you can cut corners. You can start writing notes in the margins of your case book.

Since I’m recommending case briefing let’s talk about the amount of time to spend on this task. Don’t spend a whole lot of time on case briefing. Your brief should be no more than a page in length and ideally about half a page. Second don’t spend too much time on this except for articulating the rule statement, which is vitally important for the final exam.

As to the rest of the case you need a working knowledge of the case for classroom discussion, but not complete mastery as you’ll never look at that case again after class is over. Some of your colleagues will spend hours on a single case attempting to master every part of it. That’s a waste of time and effort since your tools in case briefing are class engagement and rule identification so your time is better spent on other tasks like outlining and final exam prep.

As I tell my students if you are called on and you miss some facts or you don’t have the rule exactly right the usual consequent is a little bit of embarrassment, but ultimately most if not all of your course grade is coming from a single final exam so you must use your time in a way that will maximize your grade not help you feel better after being called on by the professor.

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What do you do when you have encountered a personal injury? The power of the Internet has overtaken our lives to a large extent. Anything we have a question about, the first place we visit, is the Internet, to give us the advice that we don’t have to pay a specialist for.

Worst Advice #1

Just DIY. A large number of people get sucked into the false impression that their personal injury claims can be prepared by themselves. They later find that they need some extra help. Asking friends and relatives for a good personal injury lawyer might be a better bet than trying to make personal injury claims by yourself or even looking at the array of personal injury books. It does not matter whether you have been in an automobile accident or that you have fallen down in a supermarket. The right advice for you will not come out of personal injury books or the Internet. At the same time, it is also a good to know what you need to be prepared for, when you are given advice by a personal injury lawyer. In the end, compromising your case is not the answer to your situation.

Worst Advice #2

Keeping Record/A Detailed diary/ notebook that lists out all the happenings of the incident is a great place to start. However, this is not one, which you might want to get caught up with too much. A personal injury lawyer always asks the client to do this first to be able to document everything that has happened. While this sounds like good advice take note that when you file for an insurance claim, they would take one good look at your record and know that you were not in actual distress. If you were in real distress, you would not be able to document everything and every small detail into the diary. So, if you start writing, stop at some point.

Worst Advice #3

Witnesses and Recordings. Having a witness present when your medical examination is happening is not a good idea. This can work against you, as they are required to stay outside while the examination is being conducted. Keep your witnesses close but not with you at all times. This advice is one of the most popular ones gives by friends and family and is also one that you should not follow at all. Please remember that you cannot record any conversation without the consent of the other party as the law prohibits it. Therefore, stay away from recording devices when dealing with insurance companies and the medical examination panels.

Worst Advice #4

Wait Till Later. This is by far the worst advice there is. If you have been advised to wait till you have recovered to start your claim or to wait for as long as possible before returning to work, you are wrong. You do not have to wait when it comes to legal claims for personal injury. Personal injury claims can go on for a long time and that means even years. Getting started on filing your claim is very important to get compensation. Waiting puts you at risk of passing the time stipulated for compensation. So it is essential to act fast.

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The legal profession is cumbersome and time-consuming to practice, but all the same, I love being a lawyer. Not many professions will demand the time and dedication this profession does both during studies and during the actual practice. The most thrilling part of being a lawyer is being able to help people in their most needy times.

Have the Flexibility to Do Different Jobs

At the risk of sounding money-minded, no other profession really converts time to money like practicing law does. I am not confined to one case or problem at a time so I can reach out to multiple clients without hurting my practice financially. I feel obligated to clarify that I would never sacrifice a case for another based on the monetary aspect of the cases because as earlier stated, the first reason I love being a lawyer is the ability to help people.

There are no words to describe the thrill of dealing with and solving several crises and cases; it compensates for the exhaustion and then some. One could consider the good pay as a soothing balm for the sore burden of putting in more than 50 hours a week and the long and expensive years of study.

Helping People Everyday

The root of every lawyer’s quest is to help the people, in fact, the first reason why anyone would enjoy being a lawyer, is the thrill of winning. It is this thrill that gets a lawyer up early in the morning to strategize and plan a defense or case. A difficult case could be a deterring factor even for one with the greatest will to help. The thought of the joy on the faces of those you represent when the endeavor ends in a win is often enough motivation, although I have to admit, there is personal gratification in the thrill of a win.

Being the Expert on Law Solutions

Being a lawyer sometimes feels like being in possession of infinite wisdom, at least where the law is concerned. Very few people bother to analyze the constitution and other law references and if they do, the technical aspects, procedures, and references to the law are numerous and difficult to expound. This is the reason the study of law never ends and it is also the reason people hire lawyers. This pedestal of knowledge that being a lawyer puts one on is the reason many lawyers, myself included, love being lawyers; it is wonderful to calm a person who thinks that they are hopeless victims of the law and derive a solution from the same law that haunts them.

There are numerous reasons to love being a lawyer ranging from the money and respect to freedom and nobility, but all of them lead to the same conclusion; being a lawyer is a ‘Samaritan‘ practice whose greatest reward is the ability to help others where no one else can or will. In situations where one feels like they are trapped in a dark endless judicial tunnel, I can lead them through using the law as a guiding light. This is why I love being a lawyer.

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Being a Lawyer is An Honorable Profession

I firmly believe that the legal profession is an honorable profession. It’s not just a job you know it’s a career it’s an honorable profession. There are still people out there every day that need help and every day lawyers are helping them and their supporting staff they’re paralegals are legal assistants are helping people every single day. We hear a lot in the media that America is just too litigious, we sued at the drop of a hat. We sue everybody over everything. Frivolous lawsuits. People rushing to the courtrooms etc. Let me ask you though, what’s the alternative to that? If the big guy is taking advantage of the little guy and I don’t have a court room what’s the alternative? Even if it’s a big guy against another big guy, corporation against corporation and they can’t resolve their differences, what’s the alternative to it?

We see it in the media everyday; Egypt, Syria, the protests, the violence. Every 4 to 8 years we completely change our government. We in bring in a whole new set and we do it peacefully. For over 200 years we’ve been doing it like that. Other nations do it through violence and some of them don’t get to change at all.

There’s Not a Safer Mean to Solve Our Problems

When we had a problem how do we resolve our problem? We don’t march in the streets we don’t kill people we don’t have a coup of the military to take over Washington. Lawyers handled it. The Supreme Court of the United States handled it. And too litigious? Fine, I think that’s great because that’s kept us a peaceful and prosperous nation for a long time to come. So paralegals looking to go into this field you know you go into a very honorable field even though attorneys have all kinds of bad reputations part of it’s our fault I mean there are bad attorneys out there and greedy people out there just like in any field. But for paralegals coming into the field no matter which way you go into every day you’re helping people and very important help.

What about the family that simply wants to adopt? Paralegals help get that done. What about the guy who’s going to jail or whatever losing property, money, his life, his time? Paralegals help in criminal law. You name the area of law what about the family who’s having a discussion about what to do about grandma? You know she’s not thinking or not taking care of herself. Eldercare law, social security, disability, workers’ compensation, you know getting hurt on the job and as America is so mobile try to find an area where we don’t have motor vehicle accidents and we need tort attorneys, personal injury attorneys, so if you are coming into this field if you have a passion for helping people for knowing that you’ve done everything you can for somebody this is a an area to be in and I think you’re going to find it fascinating.

There’s Always Something Different Happening Each Day

I love it because every day it’s something new. I don’t care that the law is black and white you take it and apply the facts, which can get different results every time and I learn something every time because I’m always dealing with a different fact pattern. I do personally workers compensation law representing injured employees. It’s just fascinating, you’re always pretty much doing something different. You’re always dealing with different people and again I think you’re always helping people and so I think you know being a paralegal is a great profession.

Paralegals Make the Legal Profession Go Round

When I’m a lawyer and I’m looking for a paralegal and I’ve got several candidates from different programs I don’t have the time or the desire to look at each program to figure out who really was taught something and has just a “fly by night” certificate. I don’t have time for that so when I look at a candidate and they’ve graduated from an ABA approved program well I’m happy with that because you know I understand the American Bar Association. I understand what their standards are. I’m a member of the American Bar Association. So just shooting blind I would take the person with the ABA because we’re not teaching what we want here we’re teaching the way organizations since the 1800s have told us to teach.

It’s always best to learn from licensed practicing attorneys. You’re going to get real world experience. I’m going to tell you things that I’ve seen happen. We talk about depositions, we talk about going to court, real world examples of it not just the textbook reading and memorizing. You’re going to get real world networking with attorneys. I know lawyers like to make contacts and you will make contacts. I really do think that you’re going to enjoy it and I think you’ll find it’s a wonderful career and a rewarding career. Please contact us today!

Hello everybody my name is Carl and I’m going to talk to you today about the qualities of a good lawyer. What do you think when you think about the law? The law to me is that everyone has this set of responsibilities towards one another. You know you can’t just go around doing things that you’re not supposed to do. You have to have ethics. To be able to understand what is the difference between right and wrong. So there’s a lot of legal things that people are charged with when they go into the courtroom. Not everybody understands what exactly they did wrong.

Lawyers Have a Responsibility to Their Community

This happens especially in other countries where they speak different languages. There’s lots of barriers and so there’s a lot of legal implications. So when lawyers take on these clients out there that committing felonies or just minor misdemeanors they need the assistance of a lawyer to help fight these cases in court. It’s really important to be a good role model when you are a lawyer and you have a set of responsibilities to your community and so on and so forth. You need to put biases aside.

Three Qualities that Make a Good Lawyer

So I have three things that I think are good qualities of lawyers. The first one is their willingness to learn new things. I feel like lawyers should be willing to learn new things to get ahead. Being a role model and stuff like that. They also need to keep an open mind to new concepts and ideologies and to enhance productivity and just overall setting the tone and being a mature person which leads me to the next quality: the maturity to learn from failure. The maturity to learn from failure so think first and foremost everyone should be thinking not that all my gosh it failed! Yes use that as a benchmark, but also to prepare yourself moving forward. Momentum to continue to achieve because that’s what we all need. We all need to fail in order to succeed. You just need to know how to fail. It’s kind of funny how it works like that but, third one is have compassion and understanding for others. We’re all human. Let’s do our business. We understand there’s laws in places, but we also need to have compassion for other people and that no matter where you are and and how hard it may seem to be able to see what it’s like to be in another person’s shoes. I feel like we should always have compassion and understanding a least once per day. That’s so we’re all getting along and things are working out and everyone’s getting what they want. We’re all experiencing life and we all want to live life to the fullest.

Lawyers Should Act Professionally and Help Others Who Don’t Know the Law

Those are the three qualities, but then there’s a couple other things I want to briefly talk about. I wanted to say that just some other notes for lawyers. I feel that lawyers should be on time and should dress professionally. They should be focused and they should be humble. They should think internationally and not just inside their culture. The last one is the importance of law so not everybody understands law or why they’re showing up in the courtroom. I’ve seen a lot of people waiting to go to court or just got done with court, whatever the case may be. They didn’t like being inside of court. There’s nothing like it. They felt like no one was there for them and they felt hopeless. I’m happy to be writing about this now but when you’re doing your case and you’re a lawyer and you do good in your case in front of people I would argue that it’s important to reiterate to people to remind them that it is important to have law in a society to prevent complete.

Thank you guys so much for letting me write this. I just wanted to let you know that you are capable of doing amazing things so just keep working away. For generations to come thank you so much for reading and have a great day, give us a call today!