The Career Doctor™
by Dr. Jacqueline Hornor Plumez
Looking for a first job? Thinking of changing careers?
Facing a lay-off? The Career Doctor™ is a Larchmont psychologist
specializing in career counseling. If you'd like to ask a question of
your own, use the anonymous ,
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IS LAW BORING?
Dear Career Doctor:
I think I would like to become a lawyer, because I always fight for
what I believe in. My problem is that I know a couple people who happen
to know lawyers and they say it is really boring. I'm the kind of person
who always likes to talk, and hates being bored. Should I become a lawyer?
Just like any profession, there are lawyers who love what they do and
lawyers who hate it. Law is a field with a very high dropout rate, so
you are wise to consider whether you are the kind of person who would
go through the hassle and expense of law school, only to find it boring.
When you see lawyers on television, most are eloquent talkers, battling
for good causes, cleverly making their points and destroying witnesses
in court. That's because dramas tend to feature somewhat idealized litigators
(lawyers who argue cases in courtrooms.) In reality, lawyers rarely
appear in court. Most of their work involves as much writing, research
-- and listening -- as talking.
Lawyers have to discover the right application of existing laws and
this can involve lots of research to find precedents, plus reading and
writing legal briefs. (And for the average person, reading legal briefs
is about as boring as it gets.) Lawyers who love what they do are not
bored by this. They feel very creative in that they look at a case from
all angles and then select the laws and precedents that best help their
To find out whether you would feel bored or creative as a lawyer, I
suggest two things. First, figure out what area of the law would most
interest you. (Criminal lawyers would find tax law boring and vice versa.)
Next, get a job as a paralegal in a law firm that specializes in your
area of interest. Many firms hire new college grads as paralegals and
train them. There are also relatively short training courses to become
a paralegal. Working in a law firm will let you know whether to invest
in the time and expense of law school, because I agree, you certainly
don't want to become one of those bored lawyers!
The Career Doctor
The Career Doctor™ is Larchmont
psychologist and career counselor, Dr. Jacqueline Hornor Plumez.
Her office is at 90 Beechtree Drive in Larchmont, 914-834-1982.
For more in ation go to www.jacquelineplumez.com.