It seems that the perception of some regarding their future in the legal profession is a bit skewed. This is especially strong among a certain population of law school students, but it also exists among some law school graduates (and even a few with bar licenses).
Here’s the way many perceive their future in the legal profession:
Those of us who represent clients regularly know this perception is incorrect.
The reality is as follows:
See the second chart? We all figured you knew this before starting law school. It just makes sense. We like to think that 12 years of formal preliminary education followed by at least a Baccalaureate degree gave you the insight necessary to realize that success only comes from hard work and perseverance. Getting a law degree just gives you a ticket to attend the game. It does not guarantee a court-side seat.
There is no such thing as a free lunch, especially in the legal profession. Get off your ass and do something remarkable for a client. They need a good lawyer. Really.
And, those clients are going to make you, but not overnight. It’s something you earn over time. Client after client. Year after year. Through both uplifting successes and depressing failures.