“I couldn’t help but recall a wise criminal lawyer’s (and friend’s) remarks: ‘Extricate yourself from the system, don’t try to vindicate yourself within it.’” – Peretz Partensky
I still love being a lawyer, although I am not an advocate or admirer of the contemporary legal system.
At this point in my legal career much of my seething frustration with the legal profession is slowly but surely cooling into disappointment. Once I realized the system generally does not care about truth and justice as much as it professes to care, the confusion and frustration about the practice of law (especially in my line of work, divorce and family law) largely vanished. I look rather naïve in retrospect (because I was), but I really did believe truth and accuracy mattered in the legal profession much more than it actually does. Now I see more clearly, though not more cynically (at least not yet). As another lawyer more experienced than I put it (and it’s just barely overstatement): the system only puts an end to the [legal] conflict. It does not find the truth or justice except by accident.
The legal system was not designed this way, but it is administered this way, and knowingly. The apathy and sloth of each participant in the whole system combine and amplify to sap the system of its ability to reach and act upon the truth, thus draining the rule of law of fairness. What a shame. Keep this in mind before you entrust your dispute to the legal system. You have been warned.