11 Pages Posted: 1 Dec 2011
Date Written: 1998
From lawyer jokes to television depictions, it seems no one loves lawyers. While there are many professions that have lost their luster, the law profession has become so tarnished in the eyes of the public that almost any joke about a lawyer is acceptable. Law school applications reflect this change in perception about the legal profession. Many law school deans have been troubled in recent years over the rapid decline in the number of law school applicants. With so little honor associated with the law profession these days, one much wonder why any person aspiring to do something respectable with his or her life would choose to be a lawyer. To become a lawyer today, students must have a firm desire to be an attorney and a steadfast willingness to accept social opprobrium. The article discusses what it is that the law students and the law school experience. The article then discusses how lawyers involve themselves in the conflicts of others and the skills that are lawyers need. Lastly, the article discusses why the author himself is a lawyer.
Keywords: lawyer, conflict, legal profession, perception, law school applicants, social opprobrium
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Daly, Joseph L., Why I Am A Lawyer (1998). San Diego Law Review, Vol. 35, p. 1111, 1998. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1947016