A wise man once said that “All that glitters isn’t gold.” A very true saying and it can be applied in many ways to the toils and cons of being a lawyer. So here are some of the disadvantages of being and becoming a lawyer.
Debt and Fees
It is expensive to attend law school. It can cost up to forty-seven thousand dollars or more. And more importantly, all the money you sunk in to law school could be all in vain if the law school you attend is unaccredited. Also, if the law school’s bar passage rate is lower than 70 percent or if too few graduate have just in about a year after graduation, I wouldn’t rush right to that law school.
Preparing for and taking the bar exam is also very costly. In 2013, California’s bar exam cost $614 to take, along with an exam $139 for a laptop fee. And no doubt the bar exam will be tough for even the most brilliant of minds, therefore it is advised and even recommend to have some sort of prep course. The BARBRI prep course is one of the more expensive options, sitting at a pretty (and painful) four grand. Although there are cheaper methods like an app called BarMax that is just under one thousand dollars.
But wait! There’s more! There are costs of practicing law as a lawyer. There is fees like a yearly occupation tax (In Texas during the 2013 year, the tax was $200 dollars.) There are other fees like legal services and state bar dues for anyone who has been practicing less than three years. But there fees would only be significant if you are unable to find work.
There is much stress in being a lawyer. Like knowing that the future of a person’s life is in your hand and one small mistake can ruin it. Also, it is very stressful trying to advance. If you work in a law firm, nothing says stress like trying to make partner. Before you can even become a lawyer, there is a huge amount of stress waiting for you in law school. The extreme workload, along with the highly competitive nature of the classrooms, could be enough to drive a person mad.
Law school and being a lawyer in general is tough. So many fees and so much stress, it can really bog a person down. But there are some advantages of being a lawyer to make it all worth it. So that quote I was telling you about doesn’t apply here quite right. Maybe “No pain, No gain” will fit much better.