November 10, 2014

Why I Quit Practicing Law 1: The Unrealistic Client

The recurring topic you will read on this blog are the many, many reasons I left the practice of law.  Yes, I quit after practicing ten years, and yes, it was one of the most difficult and best decisions I have made all bundled into one.  Sure, sucking up the fact that I owed a large amount of money for my law school education, still, and the debts from running my own business was not easy.  Couple this with the fact that realizing I made a mistake - chose the wrong profession and spent so much time trying to convince myself it was the right one - was not a walk in the park.  Nevertheless, when all was said and done, I am now happy and I realized that no amount of money or job was worth living a life without happiness.

I would like to start off my series on why I quit practicing law with one of my favorite topics:
The Unrealistic Client.

While in law school there is little talk about clients.  Clients are those mysterious entities floating around that exist in the cases you read that you spend very little time discussing other than if the Plaintiff or the Defendant prevailed, lost or went directly to jail without passing go.  No, none of the professors or law books discussed if the clients called their attorneys every curse word in the book, or tried to file a complaint about their attorney when the case did not go their way, or if the client always had to be called and "reminded" he or she needed to pay the attorney.  None of those fun stories would be addressed.  Clients are a true enigma in law school, like a ghost flying around the case, but always a friendly ghost, who simply skips along the pages of your law book with not a care in the world.