You won't know until you get into law school, assuming you apply, etc. You might then find that trying cases is the absolute best thing in the world and may want to become a prosecutor. You tend to go where your talent lies and that is not obvious in high school.
[quote]there are two types of lawyers. litigators and trial attorneys. like soliciters and barristers.[/quote]
Litigators and trial attorneys are the same thing. They both sue.
On the other hand, Barristers sue. Solicitors advise.
In countries where they differentiate between solicitors and barristers, some solicitors prepare cases for trial before handing the file off to a barrister, who tries the case in court. Others work on transactional matters.
In countries (like the U.S.) that have a "unified bar," any attorney may appear in court. To an extent there are "two kinds" of lawyers, the division is typically between litigators and transactional attorneys. Some attorneys switched at some point from being focused primarily on litigation to transactional work. (I'm one of them.) Some areas of practice, such as bankruptcy, are something of a hybrid between the two.
Attorneys who specialize in appellate attorneys are arguably litigators, but not trial attorneys.
I'm not one to speculate about the state of the souls of others. There are of course bad apples in any profession; the newspapers tell me the priesthood has its share. My experiences in transactional work with opposing counsel have been consistently positive. When I was litigating, with a few notable exceptions, I found my opposing counsel to be an honorable lot.
As a rumination, it's not so much the other lawyers as the nature of your clients. One of the amazing things about criminal work, prosecution or defense, is the experience with humanity, from the unbelievable, nearly inhuman scumbags to decent people who made mistakes (and some outright morons who make you wonder about the nature of intent) to those who are just trying to make a living only illegally to dedicated officers to hideously incompetent, lazy officers and command personnel who remind you of Elmer Fudd to victims who make you cry to victims who are so awful you prefer the bad guy to super sharp judges to judges so incompetent you'd rather use Magic 8 Ball. You learn the concepts of moral compromise when the world is not absolute.
As for civil litigation, it's almost all paperwork - sheafs of interrogatories, endless document searches and discovery - with minimal court time. A lot of preparing to dance and not much music to dance to.
Having been on both sides of the client fence - and having worked for and with some extraordinary jerks, on both sides of the fence - I would say again that much of your happiness depends on your clients. If they're jerks, you have a lousy time. If they're nice, you can have a lot of fun. If they trust you, you get authority and a real relationship. If they yell at you and then won't pay, life can really suck.
I was a tax lawyer and talk a lot. You rarely, if ever, do tax appeals and rarely, if ever, go to tax court. (The one time I was in Tax Court I watched tax protestor after tax protestor, all those nuts who claim they aren't required to pay taxes, get hauled away.)
Ah, but each area has its problems. To make really good money in T&E, you need clients, ideally older ones, or you'll be working for the people who have those clients. T&E is a bread & butter part of small firm and individual lawyer practice, partly because the billing pressures are less - you can often charge a fee based on assets - and partly because your client is dead and the beneficiaries are often more concerned about what they get and when.
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I don't agree with a lot of what is in "If You're Thinking About Law School, Read This...." I think it was written by someone who doesn't know a lot about law school or the practice of law. Most people don't plan ahead for what kind of law they practice. There is no larger percentage of good people or bad people in the practice of law than in any other profession. Stop thinking about practicing law in high school because that is just too limiting. Open your mind to doing many, many things.
should you go to law school?
Cartera45 is absolutely right. Wait a bit before convincing yourself that law school is for you. That said, it is something of a problem that many 1Ls don't know what lawyers actually do (although it's a true statement). Down the road, familiarize yourself with
[url=http://www.lawschoolcure.com]Should I go to law school? Law school cure. | What you need to know before you go to law school.[/url]
But more than anything, strive to keep an open mind, and don't let yourself get set on going to law school before you've matured a bit and before you know what you're getting yourself into.
Er, original post was 2-7-06, over six years ago; OP ought to be a 2L by now-so how about it, XO-what did you decide?
The OP posted three times in the space of an hour in 2006, and hasn't been back since.
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