Know any lawyer or law student? You probably see them with their noses in the air, strutting past you like you don’t even exist. They are the worst! Or are they really? Here are some myths about law students/lawyers and the truth behind them we must really learn to accept.
THE GIRLS ARE SUPER FINEEEE
You hear it in high institutions from guys in other faculties. ‘Ah law girls are fine o but they are proud!’
Not to burst any bubbles but not all law girls are fine. There we said it. Maybe seeing them walk in groups in their select wig and gown or nice black gown or just plain black and white school-girl like outfits might trick your mind a little bit. Don’t be deceived because it’s a little over the top to just state or assume that they are all fine.
ALL LAWYERS ARE PROUD
No thanks to TV shows that have sucessfully painted lawyers as proud, belligerent narcissists who have no regard for anyone. Note that there’s a big difference between pride and knowing your worth. Maybe being able to clearly state facts confidently and eloquently can make one conclude that these lawyers are proud even though many of these lawyers don’t see it that way. In fact, law is defined as a noble profession where every lawyer is to identify himself or herself as having a sense of humility.
ALL LAWYERS ARE LIARS
This in fact, can’t be true because the job of lawyers is literally to state facts. It may appear from an opposing side that a lawyer may be lying or twisting the truth but he’s probably not. Once in a while though a lawyer who knows the law in and out may choose to cleverly use its provisions and loopholes to his advantage. Does that really make him a liar?
IT’S ALWAYS WHITE AND BLACK WITH THOSE PEOPLE!
Well… a lawyer’s typical outfit might have the predominance of white and black but that’s not all lawyers wear. They may try other colour combinationin to their place of work or meetings with clients. However, it’s going to court that can get a bit tricky. They are typically allowed other colours like navy blue, dark blue, grey and combination of other dull, bland and dingy colours.
LAWYERS ARE BROKE!
Are they really? Just like any other profession, it actually depends on where one works. There are many lawyers that earn half a mill in just a month. Being a lawyer is hard! You really think after six years in school any lawyer is ready to be broke? Haha
BEING A LAWYER IS EXCITING
Not! When you think of a lawyer what probably comes to your mind is the king of illusions himself, Harvey Specter or Annalise Keating kicking ass in criminal law, but that’s just on TV. Like we said, becoming a lawyer is really hard and so is being a lawyer. In fact, most times it’s painstakingly boring! Reading through all those precedents and briefs can be quite stressful. It might get exciting atimes no lie but the piles of cases, sections, change of dates, adoptions, adjournments can make the entire process quite tedious. So the next time you see a lawyer maybe try giving him a hug.
A GOOD LAWYER WILL WIN EVERY CASE
Just as the best doctors can’t always save every patient’s life, a good lawyer can’t win every case. A good lawyer will give his client a fighting chance even in the most hopeless of cases and a bad one will probably just make the client hopeless. So the fact that a lawyer loses a case or an appeal doesn’t make him/her a crappy lawyer. There are many complexities involved on law and sometimes it’s almost impossible to maneuver them.
TIP: Keep a lawyer who is willing to tell you about the strength and weaknesses of your case. Throw away any lawyer that tells you he wins every case.