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Lawyers have different responsibilities to their clients. They may be called upon to counsel, advocate and educate. Therefore, lawyers must also maintain a high degree of personal maturity, ethical responsibility, empathy and professionalism.
Those considering a career in law should begin by distinguishing expectations of a legal practice and the reality of the job. Hours can be long and often include weekends, and often a lawyer's clients' needs supersede their own and their family's.
Although self-exploration is a necessary part of the decision to pursue a career in law, it is also important for students to do some career exploration by talking to those who have practiced in the field; this will greatly enhance their understanding of what it means to be a lawyer.
Students should consider these questions when researching a legal education:
Students should ask themselves:
Are the skills required aligned with mine, and do I have an interest in building on them during undergraduate school and beyond?