Lateral Attorney Report
Why Practicing Law is Nothing Like Playing in the Super Bowl
By Katy Anderman
Like the members of the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers who lined up at the Superdome this past Sunday to play in the Super Bowl, you too may think you are at the peak of your profession practicing law at a prestigious law firm. Well, you’ll probably be surprised to learn that working at a large law firm is nothing like playing in the Super Bowl, and here are the top reasons why:
- The only thing you have to look forward to halfway through your workday is stepping out to pick up a sandwich that you’ll scarf down at your desk. Beyonce will never perform live in your office. And Alicia Keys won’t be there to kick off your first conference call of the day either.
- The lights never go out at your firm – they are always on.
- Chances are you would not remain in your firm’s employ if you were involved in a nightclub stabbing. Your bar association may have something to say about that as well.
- Your clients won’t care if you use deer antler spray (or other performance enhancing drugs) if it helps you get the job done. You may just want to make sure that the words“deer antler spray” don’t show up on the next bill sent to your client or you may raise a few eyebrows.
- You don’t get to go to Disney World after winning a trial or closing a deal. You may get to go to a closing dinner but don’t count on getting any bling for your hard work. Unless you consider a deal toy and a closing binder a prize.