Although Legal Cheek bills itself as a source of “irreverent legal news” it has been running a rather good series called If I knew then… which invites lawyers who have been successful in their fields to say how they got there.
The ones which have interested me (perhaps because the writers are people whom I know, at least in the sense that I follow them on Twitter) are Seán Jones QC with The unacknowledged truth about advocacy is that it is a sales job, and the anonymous in-house lawyer Legal Bizzle with Say no to drugs, kids and become a commercial lawyer instead, both of which display a degree of self-awareness which lawyers are thought to lack.
Many things prevent good people from contemplating a career in the law; some are hard practical things like the expense, but there is also a feeling that lawyers are all cut from the same privileged, cushy cloth. The government is making much of this perception at the moment and lawyers are not, frankly, making a very good fist of rebutting the standard assumptions. The same applies to entry into the profession, and articles like these display a different side.
You might also like the contribution from Tim Strong, a litigation partner at Taylor Wessing. He tells of a judge whose procedural focus seemed to be on the proper way to bind pages together. Tim’s story reminded me of my favourite legal cartoon (from Steuart & Francis in the Times, years ago):
One hopes that case managing judges have more important things to worry about these days.