Before Becoming A Lawyer

October 18, 2018

Despite the way that Hollywood movies and TV shows such as Legally Blonde and Law and Order: SVU paint the act of practicing law, we at Fanning Law, LLC would like to be the first to tell you (that is, if you were not aware of this yet) that real life Law is not like your favorite ‘as seen on TV.’ 





There are so many things lawyers practicing in today’s legal system would have loved to have been aware of, prior to beginning the quite expensive journey of practicing law. The biggest thing that our school academic advisors should have clarified is that after graduating law school, we walk out the door still knowing nothing!


People have many options to contemplate prior to deciding their career path, and if you are thinking of going into Law, you may just be considering the glam-life lived by lawyers, but you might want to know the facts about practicing law as a professional lawyer first!


Here are the next top three things we would have loved to know before becoming a lawyer:


If you don’t enjoy or love the field of practice you are in, you are going to be extremely bored.


It sort of comes from that old saying that if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day… View it like this: if you cannot find something that fits your personality, an area that excites you to continuously be working on it, or if you do not have a passion for it, that is not going to be an ideal fit for practicing law. You want to practice law in an area that you enjoy, not something that will stress you out from your lack of interest!


In choosing to be a lawyer, you are going to be a writer.


If school did not hint this at you with the repetitive action of writing briefs, then guess what? You are going to be writing a lot! True, depending on your area of practice, you may be writing more than another lawyer in a different practice area, but you need to have some skill in writing to be able to file motions, create agreements, or come up with proposed orders!


You are probably not going to spend much time in court.


I know! This is the most shocking part! This may come as a deep shock, but you may never see the inside of a courtroom! It is, of course, all dependent on where you decide to focus your area of practicing law in, but some lawyers do not get much action time in a courtroom. For quite a number of professionals, a lot of time is spent in the office, or talking to clients and providing your legal advice to their legal matters. It may be the case that the clients you meet only need you to put your writing skills into practice, instead of representing them in front of a judge. Just keep this in mind when you are working in your field of practice!


Of course, there are always more things we wish we knew, but hindsight is 20/20. Hopefully, you can take the time to check out the Cosmopolitan article to see the full list of ’13 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Became a Lawyer,’ to see more on the list. Check it out, and if you are thinking of law school and have some questions, make sure you talk to your advisor before making the decision!


For more information about this topic, please follow the link to the Cosmopolitan article, ’13 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Became a Lawyer,’ here at:





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