What's the Greatest Reward for Being a Lawyer?

Schools are out for the summer. That includes colleges whose juniors are looking forward to the fall when they will begin their senior year. Those juniors may still be thinking about what they want to do after they get their bachelor's degree next year.

Maybe I can offer a helpful thought.

As a preface to that, I would like to share something with you. A card from an older couple came to me a few days ago after I finished a very difficult injury case for them. It said: "There are certain people we thank in our prayers for things we appreciate so, but try as we may, we sometimes can't say the words that we want them to know. They're people who often go out of their way to pitch in when then there's work to be done; they show understanding, they lighten our problems – they help us in more ways than one...There are certain people we thank in our prayers, and one of those people is you; and this comes to say, may God bless you forever for all you so thoughtfully do." The card was from my wonderful clients in Defuniak Springs.

Now, I'll come to the thought that I hope will help some of those college juniors wondering what they are going to do when they graduate next year. Consider applying to law school and studying to become a lawyer. Then, use your license to practice law to help people, not just to make money. The law is a wonderful profession and offers exciting opportunities to meet interesting people and solve all kinds of problems, ranging from how to perfect patents on an invention, to which country owns disputed islands in the South China Sea, to who has the right to mine minerals in the Arctic where glaciers have melted.

In the end, you'll have the satisfaction of solving important problems. You will earn a living, but far more important than that, you will get some cards that tell you that you have made a difference in someone's life.

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