How often to do you see one of the sleazy personal injury attorneys on the TV promising hundreds of thousands of dollars as your part of a settlement? Sometimes you read in the newspapers that a certain individual has received millions of dollars for spilling hot coffee on themselves from a fast food restaurant. These are instances that make lawyers look bad and give them the negative stigma which many individuals think of when they hear "lawyer" or "attorney". In this article I will be covering 4 misconceptions commonly thought about lawyers.
1. Becoming a lawyer is a guaranteed to make you rich.
This is probably one of the biggest misconceptions when it comes to becoming an attorney. Many people forget that it often costs over $ 100,000 in tuition to become an attorney. So even if an attorney out of school is fortunate to get a good paying job they are still paying off huge student loans. You may also be surprised to hear that many lawyers are working for $ 40,000- $ 50,000. Not nearly as wealthy as you originally thought huh?
2. You must be a good arguer to be a lawyer.
Lawyers on TV are always shown as hot headed people who finish arguments. In real life you must be cool headed. Try to pull half the stunts in a real courtroom as is seen on TV and you find yourself held in contempt. Good lawyers argue with facts, not emotion.
3. As a lawyer you'll be in a courtroom all day.
False. 95% of cases are settled before even stepping foot into a courtroom. Lawyers will likely spend more time filing paper work then time spent in the courtroom.
4. Lawyers receive a new challenge ever day .
This might be the second most misconceived fact after lawyer pay. Ask any lawyer and they will tell you that 90% of cases are related with just a few details changed for each one. It's the same type of argument and the biggest challenge is attempting to get a better settlement for each case. It's not all that often if ever you will find yourself in court being covered by the TV stations
Each one of the 4 misconceptions outlined above are commonly misunderstood by the public. Before you decide to judge lawyers please keep these misconceptions in mind. Remember that ever profession has someone who makes the entire group look bad. For lawyers it just happens to be the ones normally found on the TV.