Argument: Lawyers can be jerks; very hard to compete against

Issue Report: Law school


“Why you shouldn’t go to law school.” Law and Letters. November 15th, 2007: “You’ll be Surrounded by Jerks. The lawyers-as-jerks stereotype is one that has more than a grain of truth to it, in my experience. In about four and a half years of actively practicing law, I came across numerous examples of utterly atrocious behavior, often in litigation. It’s not always big things — though big things are the ones that hit the news — but patterns of obstreperous behavior and downright stupidity that can wear you down over a day-to-day basis. Bickering over stupid document production requests, delays, phantom schedule conflicts… all these things add up. Contemporary lawyering is often an expensive form of childish game-playing with the rules of civil procedure. It’s psychological warfare for minute tactical advantage.”