Until 2012 Ian McIntosh was a partner in a large law firm advising business clients on corporate deals, mergers and acquisitions etc. He is now a career coach for aspiring lawyers.
Q. “What is black and brown and looks good on a lawyer?”
A. “a Doberman”
Few careers have their own genre of jokes, but lawyers do, especially in the USA. While this reflects an unloved status, law is still a career that attracts many young people (directly, and through parents’ encouragement). This blog looks briefly at the routes to become a lawyer and then – perhaps more importantly – lawyers’ working lives, and how they are changing.
First lets deal with terminology. “Lawyer” is a generic term for people who practice law. But, just as doctors and nurses both practice medicine, there are different types of qualified lawyer. The three main types are barristers, solicitors and legal executives, and each of these kinds of lawyer has their own routes to qualification.