Florida attorney Brian Tannebaum is a regular contributor to the Above the Law blog and had a great post last week about finding the fun and happiness in the practice of law. It’s recommended reading from where I sit.
Tannebaum’s premise is that to love what you do, you need to derive your satisfaction from the satisfaction your clients get from your work. Makes sense. I don’t think I’ve ever met a lawyer that loves the mechanics of the law; most of the successful attorneys I know love what they are able to do with their talent to help clients.
Sure, we all love the win. But the win is hollow unless it furthers a client’s goals, rights a wrong, reverses an injustice. It’s the human side of the law that attracts most lawyers to the work.
Conversely, what sours most attorneys on the law is having no control on the outcome – being a clog in the Big Law machine. And helping lawyers out of this rut is what I love most about my job.
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If you are down on the practice of law because you are stuck in a job producing paperwork instead of solving problems for clients, then Tannebaum says there’s not much he can advise you to do except opt for some pro bono work where you can actually help someone.
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