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    Why do people choose to do Law?

    This may sound like a stupid question but do people choose to do law for exactly the same reasons as to why people study medicine besides it revolves around how society operates?

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    Re: Why do people choose to do Law?

    Quote Originally Posted by donkily View Post
    This may sound like a stupid question but do people choose to do law for exactly the same reasons as to why people study medicine besides it revolves around how society operates?
    If the reasons people study medicine is because of money and parents with high expectations, in my case, I don't want to do law for those reasons, just speaking on behalf of myself though.

    I find law to be so interesting and the concepts covered to be exciting to learn about and it can even apply to my life. Cases studies are probably my favourite part of the prospect of doing law since I think it's interesting to learn the behaviours others have and what leads them to do what they do. I guess it does have a lot to do with how society operates but having a job where you basically have a manual to refer to what you're doing and knowing that you could be helping innocent people is really good. Mainly I like family law/cases that impact children and is the path I'd like to pursue (or criminology). Obviously I don't yet have experience in learning much law so I don't know how valid my reasoning is.

    It's weird when people choose certain careers for money... having the degree doesn't guarantee the best job in that field.
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    Re: Why do people choose to do Law?

    Passion for justice.
    Money.
    Career Opportunities.
    Prestige.
    Interesting.

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    Re: Why do people choose to do Law?

    I personally chose law because it is something I find to be highly interesting and is something I am passionate about. I mean, reading case studies, going through policy and legislation etc... It is kind of fascinating really, isn't it? I guess the money would be good of course, but I'm not doing the degree for that.
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    Re: Why do people choose to do Law?

    Quote Originally Posted by si2136 View Post
    Passion for justice.
    Money.
    Career Opportunities.
    Prestige.
    Interesting.


    It is interesting though, I'll pay that one...

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    Re: Why do people choose to do Law?

    I wanted to do law initially because I thought I'd enjoy the work of a paralegal/lawyer.

    You've got to be driven and have some sort of underlying purpose. Normally people who want to practice just enjoy the problem solving, being creative and finding practical solutions for people.


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    Re: Why do people choose to do Law?

    Quote Originally Posted by wannaspoon View Post


    It is interesting though, I'll pay that one...
    >Passion for justice

    Overwhelming small companies and poor individuals with the brute force of a huge law firm for maximum $$
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    Re: Why do people choose to do Law?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zoinked View Post
    >Passion for justice

    Overwhelming small companies and poor individuals with the brute force of a huge law firm for maximum $$
    All props to Suits. Got plenty of undergrad Lawyers hooked in, looking to earn 6 figures when they graduate

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    Re: Why do people choose to do Law?

    Quote Originally Posted by si2136 View Post
    All props to Suits. Got plenty of undergrad Lawyers hooked in, looking to earn 6 figures when they graduate
    Suits made me definitely not want to do law lol. Expected to work all day every day, fook that
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    Re: Why do people choose to do Law?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zoinked View Post
    >Passion for justice

    Overwhelming small companies and poor individuals with the brute force of a huge law firm for maximum $$
    You, you're smart... I like that

    Quote Originally Posted by si2136 View Post
    All props to Suits. Got plenty of undergrad Lawyers hooked in, looking to earn 6 figures when they graduate
    Meghan Markle though... phooowwwwaaaa

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    Re: Why do people choose to do Law?

    Why?

    Family and social pressures, not knowing what else to do and thinking that "law" sounds like an faultless plan because "society will always need lawyers", people who don't want to "waste" their high ATAR, those who think law is an interesting discipline (most of it is actually quite tedious), and those who think that law is about helping people (it largely isn't).

    I don't regret choosing law. I believe I had the passion for it, but it got boring quickly. I don't think I'd fit as well in any other discipline as I do in law, but I don't enjoy it. It's extremely monotonous. i enjoy some subjects more than others but I wouldn't say I'm excited to go to my classes or learn about new things.

    I'm also quite burned out but that's another story.
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    Re: Why do people choose to do Law?

    Quote Originally Posted by boredsatan View Post
    What does burned out mean
    exhausted through overwork

    working 3-4 days a week and doing full time uni
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    Re: Why do people choose to do Law?

    Quote Originally Posted by Spiritual Being View Post
    exhausted through overwork

    working 3-4 days a week and doing full time uni
    Were you working as a paralegal and doing legal volunteering work in uni

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    Re: Why do people choose to do Law?

    Quote Originally Posted by donkily View Post
    Were you working as a paralegal and doing legal volunteering work in uni
    Never did any work at uni.

    Tell me what the guy's name is. I think I know him.
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    Re: Why do people choose to do Law?

    Quote Originally Posted by Spiritual Being View Post
    Tell me what the guy's name is. I think I know him.
    who

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    Re: Why do people choose to do Law?

    Quote Originally Posted by Spiritual Being View Post
    Why?

    Family and social pressures, not knowing what else to do and thinking that "law" sounds like an faultless plan because "society will always need lawyers", people who don't want to "waste" their high ATAR, those who think law is an interesting discipline (most of it is actually quite tedious), and those who think that law is about helping people (it largely isn't).

    I don't regret choosing law. I believe I had the passion for it, but it got boring quickly. I don't think I'd fit as well in any other discipline as I do in law, but I don't enjoy it. It's extremely monotonous. i enjoy some subjects more than others but I wouldn't say I'm excited to go to my classes or learn about new things.

    I'm also quite burned out but that's another story
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    Don't really enjoy 'learning' law as much as I should myself either (but it's still better than accounting). I also definitely started to feel burnt out towards the end of last year.

    Just hoping legal practice will somewhat be better if I go down that route. I've really liked my work experience in the legal environment so far.
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    Re: Why do people choose to do Law?

    Quote Originally Posted by RivalryofTroll View Post
    Don't really enjoy 'learning' law as much as I should myself either (but it's still better than accounting). I also definitely started to feel burnt out towards the end of last year.

    Just hoping legal practice will somewhat be better if I go down that route. I've really liked my work experience in the legal environment so far.
    so you picked law mainly because you liked the idea of working as a lawyer?

    but if you dont like 'learning' law then how do you get through it personally?

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    Re: Why do people choose to do Law?

    Quote Originally Posted by donkily View Post
    so you picked law mainly because you liked the idea of working as a lawyer?

    but if you dont like 'learning' law then how do you get through it personally?
    Doing Commerce (Accounting)/Law and I initially picked Law because I felt it would complement my Commerce degree (I loved Business Studies and Economics in HS and never picked Legal Studies).

    Saw Law as an interesting complementary degree and I knew I wanted to do a combined Commerce degree.

    After 2-3 years of uni, I realised that legal practice is more enticing for me than a career in accounting. That being said, I still might not practise law (depends on clerkships/graduate jobs). Still open to a career in Tax services. However, the aim is hopefully to practise law.
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    Re: Why do people choose to do Law?

    in law do you have to do "essays" and if so how many and how often?(i know it sounds like a stupid question)

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    Why do people choose to do Law?

    Quote Originally Posted by donkily View Post
    in law do you have to do "essays" and if so how many and how often?(i know it sounds like a stupid question)
    You might have to do 1-2 essays maximum per Law subject. Your mid-semester assignment might be an essay (research essay) and then your final exam could have an essay section.

    I'm in 4th year Law now and I feel I've done more "problem question" (so applying the law to a hypothetical situation) assessments than essay assessments over the years. When I did my Contract law subject, there were no essays (both mid-semester assignment and final exam were problem questions).

    It's not like HSC English where you have to do 3 essays in a single exam.
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    Re: Why do people choose to do Law?

    1. they had the marks

    2. they wanted to 'improve the world' and/or defend human rights

    3. they had no idea what the law was (see above: various TV shows)

    4. their family was in the law.

    In my experience, that's about it.
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    Re: Why do people choose to do Law?

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    1. they had the marks

    2. they wanted to 'improve the world' and/or defend human rights

    3. they had no idea what the law was (see above: various TV shows)

    4. their family was in the law.

    In my experience, that's about it.
    I wanted to do something vocational that'd give me the ability to work for myself after doing a few years corporate.

    I thought I was being really practical, but hey, 18 year olds are allowed to be naive.
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    Re: Why do people choose to do Law?

    i heard that some people do law because they like communicating with others, is law more about the 'legal aspect' or the communication aspect

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    Re: Why do people choose to do Law?

    Quote Originally Posted by donkily View Post
    i heard that some people do law because they like communicating with others, is law more about the 'legal aspect' or the communication aspect
    Not a lawyer myself (currently a law student) but I think:

    For a good law student, you may only need the "legal" skills (legal problem solving ability). In law school examinations and assignments, they give you a problem and you're going to have to solve it using the principles you've learnt.

    For a good lawyer, you need both "legal" skills and "communication" skills. Unlike in law school where they give you the client's factual situation, you need to be effective at client interviewing to figure out the relevant factual circumstances, your client's problems and the outcome the client is seeking. Essentially, you have to be a good communicator to "extract" the factual situation from your client. There'll be times where you can't rely on a paralegal or someone else to do it for you. There's no point having insane legal problem solving skills if you're hopeless at client interviewing and can't find out their needs/problem.

    That's a main difference between law school and legal practice.
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    Re: Why do people choose to do Law?

    Law has a very high salary, tempting a lot of people to do it

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