I am a lawyer. The first lawyer in my family. If I had known, before I became a lawyer, what terrible people so many lawyers are, I’m not sure I would have stuck with law school and with passing the bar exam. I mean it.
When people ask me how I feel about being a lawyer, I tell them that I like the practice of law (i.e., doing what a lawyer should do), but I am embarrassed to be known as a lawyer (because lawyers are all but universally despised, and for good reason). Not all lawyers are dishonest and sleazy, it’s just that there are so many dishonest, sleazy lawyers out there that our general reputation for being dishonest and sleazy is richly and undeniably deserved.
How do dishonest, sleazy lawyers prosper? Because there are plenty of clients who are so scared, so desperate, so angry, so avaricious, so bent on malice, and/or so morally bankrupt that they are willing to do and say anything to get what they want or to get what they feel they are entitled to. They justify hiring lawyers who are willing to do and say anything to get what their clients want or to get what their clients feel they deserve.
True, there are some good attorneys who are falsely branded as dishonest and sleazy because they are so much better than most attorneys that the rank and file mediocre attorneys slander the good ones in an attempt to bring them down. Contrary to what many lawyers say, in my experience the legal profession does a poor job of promoting the good, honest, sincere practice of law. Mediocrity loves company and shuns excellence.
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