Dreaming of becoming a lawyer one day is not only a blessing it is also a curse.
Well, studying law is a long and difficult journey dear friends. You can compare it to a marathon where you have to run, walk, breath & sweat to achieve your goals. It’s like a Drama where the small protagonist faces hardships to grew into an experienced, wise hero of a grandiose story. Thats why you have to refill your power by a lot of motivation and knowing why it’s worth it to study law!
Lets shoot for the fuel a law-student needs beside his Starbucks-Coffee & Matcha Latte:
What is your reason?
There should be the one reason why you have started in the first place! You have to be able to sum it up in one sentence. This will motivate you in the darkest hours of your study-time. It’s a little bit like the Japenese philosophy of Kaizen which means your reason to get out of bed early in the morning.
Money is surely not the most noble reason why you should start studying law. But it is one of the most common reasons in the law-students Community.
A) Some of them came from wealthy families and to remain wealthy they think law is a sure way to do it. -(ironically I call this phenomenon: The-Moneyaddict)
B) Other people came from the working class, they are migrants or have a background from a very poor family. When they say they do it for the money it is absolutely understandable. Because they start from the bottom and in most cases they want to support there family and friends.
(ironically: The Boxer/The Goalhunter/)
C) Beside of those two options there is also a third variant. I think it’s one of the rarest of all. Someone who wants to become wealthy so he has enough freedom to help people who are in need, who are suffering from poverty or from injustice. (ironically: The Peacemaker- The believer- The hopeful Worldchanger)
It’s really not the best kept secret that Lawyers enjoy a great reputation. However I think that people do not always respect the person behind the robe but they respect his law-degree and the power to use it to fight for their rights.
So one of the greatest reasons why people study law is to get a solid reputation. My message to all law-students and lawyers: Stay humble !!
There are a lot of arrogant lawyers out in the market as well because many of them only started to study law to get a good reputation. But some also just want to keep a good reputation in there elite societies , where they have grown up.
As long as you stay humble and do not become arrogant I think you can enjoy your reputation. Because we should always remember that one day we are going to die. The only thing that will matter is not the arrogance a lawyer has provided to the world but his compassion for people who are not so blessed and especially the valuable work he has done for his society.
How many great politicians were born in this World and changed it upside down who studied law? Only to mention some of them:
- Muhammed Ali Jinnah ( The founder of Pakistan)
Islam and its idealism have taught us democracy. It has taught equality of man, justice and fairplay to everybody
Muhammed Ali Jinnah
“Expect the best, prepare for the worst.”
2. Mahatma Ghandi ( The Founding Father of India)
Mahatma Ghandi once said:
“I wanted to know the best of the life of one who holds today an undisputed sway over the hearts of millions of mankind…. I became more than ever convinced that it was not the sword that won a place for Islam in those days, in the scheme of life. It was the rigid simplicity, the utter self-effacement of the Prophet, the scrupulous regard for pledges, his intense devotion to his friends and followers, his intrepidity, his fearlessness, his absolute trust in God and in his own mission. These, and not the sword, carried everything before them and surmounted every obstacle. When I closed the second volume [of a book on the Prophet’s biography], I was sorry there was not more for me to read of that great life.”
3. Abraham Lincoln ( Former President of the USA)
Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.
4. Michelle Obama ( Former First Lady of the USA)
For me, education was power.
5. Gerhard Schroder ( Germanies former chancellor)
We must take care that globalization does not become something people become afraid of.
6. Vladimir Putin ( President of Russia)
No references to the need to fight terror can be an argument for restricting human rights.
These are only few examples of politicians who made a World-class Career. It’s always a good reason to become a lawyer if you want to use the power to become a servant of the people, but it is not a good idea to misuse the power for your own selfish ego.
Finally, we have made it to one of the most important reasons why we should study law. It is the very one word of Justice (Latin: “iustitia”).
How many lawyers studied law only because of their love to make the world a fairer place?
Even now in the 21. century we have a lot of people who want to develop fairness in the way people have to deal with each other in society. I am pretty sure our hearts are burning to help people in need & to fight for justice against anyone who commits crimes or oppresses the rights of another human beeing.
Wait a minute..!!!!!!!
To be honest I must have to admit that in reality it is not easy that Laws provide a high degree of justice within todays legal systems in every situation. Unfortunately, the law itself is sometimes trapped behind burocracy, authorities, loopholes in the law and a lot of other flaws.
But this is nothing that should surprise anyone. Why? eAsY:
Laws are often made by humans, humans are not free from flaws and so are not the laws we make!
I just wanted to highlight some problems that you have to face when you study law or become a lawyer as mentioned above. It is just a light warning that Law-studies won’t be like a supercool Superhero-Job where you will learn how to deal with Mafiabosses, deceive Juries like in the US-Courts, acting like a character of a series called Suits or learning rhetorical methods to muzzle your opponents.
If you really want to fight for justice you have to become a good law student first. You have to commit yourself to hard work, late nights & strict discipline. Because knowledge is a key element in your field!
Nevertheless, the legal system of the Western world has also a lot of good laws to offer. Good enough to use the law to maintain your legal fight for Justice! 😉
V. Final Words..:
Pointing out some final thoughts on the question to be a law-student or not to be one are fighting for Justice, Helping other people, knowing your own rights to defend yourself (legal-self-defence) and becoming a valuable person for your society.
Just imagine studying law, passing your exams, becoming a lawyer/judge/prosecuter etc., wearing a perfect Suit, fighting for justice, working with your law-degree and chilling the rest of your life as someone with the power of making a difference!
Dream it, Study it, Lawyer it ! 😉