Learn why the law is such a wonderful profession to be a part of in this article.

In this article, readers will learn many of the good reasons for practicing law and how being an attorney is a hard-to-match career in terms of money, prestige, potential variety of work, and opportunities to get involved in politics, public service, and issues of national and international importance.

Most of the news I hear about practicing law is consistently negative. There is so much of this that it is difficult to speak to an attorney or read a legal publication without hearing or seeing something negative about it.

A. Harrison Barnes
Harrison Barnes

However, practicing law is not really all that bad. In fact, it can be about the clearest path to security, wealth, and prestige there is. The complaints related to practicing law tend to follow the ups and downs of the economy and the demands placed on attorneys at the very high end of the profession.

  • On the one hand, during a bad economy, only attorneys from the very best schools and who have the very best grades are generally employable. The lack of opportunity for attorneys without these credentials is no different than what is experienced by people without such credentials in most other professions.
  • On the other hand, attorneys wishing to enter “the Olympics” of practicing law and to work at the largest law firms with the highest salaries often resent the demands on their time. But the highest-paying jobs in all professions are generally extremely demanding.