ADJ135 Becoming a Lawyer
ADJ135 Becoming a Lawyer
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Personal Ethical Standards Becoming a Lawyer What You Need To Know By Selina Appel ADJ 1 35 Yolanda White Johnson November 29 2009 Personal Ethical Standards 2 For this essay the job I chose was a lawyer This essay will discuss what you need to know to become a lawyer their ethical codes and an overview of a life in the day of a lawyer I chose this job because I love to debate and sometimes I am very argumentative and I can be aggressive at times You have to be able to counsel a client as well as be an advocate and adviser to them Let me describe to you the Lawyers course of training Formal educational requirements for lawyers include a fouryear college degree three years in law school and the passing of a written bar examination Competition for admission to most law schools is intense Prospective lawyers should develop proficiency in writing and speaking reading researching analyzing and thinking logically skills needed to succeed both in law school and in the profession Regardless of major a multidisciplinary background is recommended Courses in English foreign languages public speaking government philosophy history economics mathematics and computer science among others are useful Students interested in a particular aspect of law may find related courses helpful For example prospective patent lawyers need a strong background in engineering or science and future tax lawyers must have extensive knowledge of accounting Acceptance by most law schools depends on the applicant s ability to demonstrate an aptitude for the study of law usually through good undergraduate grades the Law School Admission Test LSAT the quality of the applicant s undergraduate school any prior work experience and sometimes a personal interview The practice of law involves a great deal of responsibility Individuals planning careers in law should like to work with people and be able to win the respect and confidence of their clients associates and the public Perseverance creativity and Personal Ethical Standards 3 reasoning ability also are essential to lawyers who often analyze complex cases and handle new and unique legal problems Lawyers play an important role in society and they specialize in a variety of fields ranging from patent law to criminal law Lawyers serve as both advisors and advocates to the public according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics BLS wwwbls gov Their primary responsibilities include counseling individuals on their legal rights and obligations and representing individuals in various legal matters Depending on his or her specialization a Lawyer may act as a defense attorney defending a client against criminal or civil charges or a prosecuting attorney representing the alleged victim of a criminal act The BLS emphasizes that Lawyers spend the majority of their time outside of court conducting research composing and filing legal documents and interacting with clients Lawyers who have private legal practices or who are partners in law firms must also oversee business operations including billing advertising and human resources duties There are laws dealing with nearly every aspect of daily life ranging from finance to marriage and there are Lawyers who specialize in all of these areas According to the American Bar Association ABA your choice of specialization affects your daily activities as a Lawyer Lawyers who work as defense attorneys prosecutors or civil litigators frequently find themselves in the courtroom In contrast taX attorneys and Lawyers who specialize in family and immigration law have few occasions to participate in trials The BLS points out that no matter what your specialty is you39ll spend far more time conducting research interviewing clients and composing legal documents than you will spend in court Lawyers are in fact the backbone of our system since without them the society would come to a Personal Ethical Standards 4 standstill These individuals hold positions of great importance since they have the power to in uence the thinking of so many people Some of the ethical standards in being a lawyer are stated in Article 1 Awareness of Mission An attorney shall be aware that his or her mission is to protect fundamental human rights and realize social justice and shall strive to attain this mission Article 5 Maintenance of Credibility An attorney shall value honor maintain credibility and at the same time endeavor to refine himself or herself and enhance the level of his or her culture Article 6 Familiarity with Laws Rules etc An attorney shall be familiar with laws rules and legal practices Article 8 Maintenance of Integrity an attorney shall endeavor to maintain his or her integrity Article 10 Advertisement An attorney shall not advertise in a manner which would degrade his or her dignity as an attorney Article 22 Taking a Matter with Poor Chance of Success an attorney shall not take a matter by advising a client that there is a fair chance of achieving the result eXpected by the client if such result is clearly unlikely These are just some of the ethical issues involved with being a lawyer there are still your own moral values that you yourself live by The Code of Professional Responsibility points the way to the aspiring and provides standards by which to judge the trans gressor Each lawyer39s own conscience must provide the touchstone against which to test the extent to which the lawyer39s actions should rise above minimum standards However in the last analysis it is the desire for the respect and confidence of the members of the profession and of the society that the lawyer serves that should provide to a lawyer the incentive for the highest possible degree of ethical conduct The possible loss of that respect and confidence is the ultimate sanction So long as its practitioners are guided by Personal Ethical Standards 5 these principles the law will continue to be a noble profession This is its greatness and its strength which permit of no compromise A typical day in the life of a lawyer is rushing doing paper work going to court amongst other daily activities Lawyers spend most of their time in offices and courtrooms They travel to meet their clients wherever they are and homes business places even emergency rooms in hospitals and state or federal prisons can be a regular visit depending on which area of the law a lawyer is involved They also travel different places for meetings and to gather proof or evidence for their cases that they can submit to the courts legislative bodies or to other high authorities of the law Irregular work hours may be the norm Lawyers quite often have irregular work schedules and even work for several hours in discussing with clients or preparing the briefs of the case during non office hours Back to the studying board A lawyer is also known as an attorney who acts both as an advocate and as an advisor in society The advocates represent one of their clients in criminal or civil trials by arguing and presenting evidence to the court to protect their client On the other hand the advisors give advice to their clients regarding their business and legal personal matters All the lawyers whether an advocate or an advisor have to research the purpose of laws and judicial decisions to apply them in the critical circumstances faced by their clients The most important aspect is that a lawyer39s job depends very much upon his or her own field of specialization and position All this requires continual studying Therefore this is what we do every day on a regular basis Besides on the days that we are off which is not very often Being an attorney of any kind is not an easy job sometimes we even defend criminals that are guilty We have an ethical obligation to our clients and to ourselves We stand up for those Personal Ethical Standards 6 people that need defending and those that need prosecution We are here for the people to try to make some kind of comfort in their lives Working as a lawyer involves the practical application of abstract legal theories and knowledge to solve specific individualized problems or to advance the interests of those who retain ie hire lawyers to perform legal services We are dedicated to making the right decisions for our clients we try to be truthful as possible and honest to all I can honestly say that I would recommend this job for anyone who is interested in law how it works and being a lawyer Being a lawyer is hard work but in the end will benefit those who enjoy doing it as a profession Personal Ethical Standards 7 References US Department of Labor December 18 2007 Lawyers Retrieved November 28 2009 from httowwwblsgovocoOc03053htm 2005 2009 A Lawyer39s Typical Day Retrieved November 28 2009 from httpwwwarticledashboardcon ArticleA Lawver s Tvpical Dav 1 19865 5 November 8 2009 My Law License Retrieved November 28 2009 from htto mv1aw1icensebloltzsnotcom20091 1what is vour code of ethicshtml 1999 2009 What Does It Take to Become a Criminal Lawyer Retrieved November 28 2009 from httpwwwehowcon facts 5030434 become criminal lawyerhtml American Bar Association 2009 MODEL RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT Retrieved November 29 2009 from httpwwwabanetorgcrimiustcimag20 2ethicshtml Personal Ethical Standards 8
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