Lawyers and Teachers.

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lawyerI have been thinking about how people and careers are perceived.

After giving this way too much thought, I have concluded that I am confused. I have also decided that as I get older, I am more easily confused.

I tend to get distracted from time to time by these unimportant subjects. I don’t have a clue what causes me to think about them.

And then, after I think about them for days on end, I am left with more questions than answers.

Nothing is ever solved. Just more confusion on my part.

Long story short, people’s perceptions on different occupations have me dumbfounded.

Why is it that everyone hates lawyers?

Lawyers are typically considered to be one of the lowest forms of society. In casual conversation we make fun of them. Mention a lawyer and people react with disdain or a joke.

There have to be at least a 1000 jokes about them and their profession.

Most of these jokes end up with the lawyer waking up dead.

Seems kind of mean spirited. Granted funny, but mean spirited.

While people make fun of lawyers, most of us would be terribly proud if our children went to law school. Broke, but proud.

Yet, we can’t stand lawyers because they are considered bad people. That is unless we need one.

Then we want the most despicable lawyer we can afford.

Teachers on the other hand are generally considered to be in a wonderful profession. Good, honest, hardworking people that we trust to teach our children.

We may consider them slightly foolish, but for the most part they have our admiration.

In large part, society believes teachers serve an important role. We admire them and the work they do.

There aren’t 1000 jokes about teachers. And if there is a joke, the punch line doesn’t end with the teacher drowning… or worse.

While we generally have good feelings towards teachers, lots of people would be disappointed if their child went into this profession.

This seems odd to me. And just the opposite of our feelings towards lawyers.

It’s all very confusing.

We don’t like lawyers, until we need one. And we would be thrilled if our child went to law school.

We love teachers, but it isn’t our first choice for our children as a profession. In some cases, teachers discourage their own kids from following them into teaching.

Shouldn’t we be encouraging our best and brightest to become teachers? Shouldn’t we have that goal for our top 10 students in each class?

Become a teacher… as opposed to being a lawyer.

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10 Responses to “Lawyers and Teachers.”


  1. Sherry Crofut
    on Apr 16th, 2009
    @ 6:31 pm

    My son is a freshman and is planning to go to law school and you are right, I am proud. BUT he is double majoring and Spanish is his second major. He said he would also consider being a high school Spanish teacher. I love that, too!


  2. Porter Palmer
    on Apr 16th, 2009
    @ 8:33 pm

    Well said….Thanks for always giving me something to think about.


  3. Tim
    on Apr 16th, 2009
    @ 10:48 pm

    I think I might go back to school and get a law degree. There’s money in defending school districts! Wouldn’t my mother be proud.


  4. Jorge Mafud
    on Apr 23rd, 2009
    @ 3:07 pm

    This is an interesting post… honestly, I hadn’t thought of it… but yes.. you are right… usually lawyers are portrayed as rich and cheaters but when a client is in trouble he may not be looking for mercy of compassion…

    Teachers have all my admiration… specially law school teacher hehe…

    C ya.

    Jorge Mafud
    http://www.mafudabogados.com


  5. Larry
    on May 4th, 2009
    @ 3:42 am

    Great blog, yet another great post!


  6. Anonymous
    on May 4th, 2009
    @ 10:44 pm

    I’ve been browsing around your blog for a while but I just had to comment on this post, great information! I love your thoughts on lawyers and teachers.


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  9. Harry
    on Jul 16th, 2009
    @ 2:03 pm

    Great post! Of course, I can’t stand lawyers!


  10. Jack McDonough legal matters
    on Dec 29th, 2011
    @ 8:14 pm

    I really think that attorneys get a bad deal from the public. Everyone proclaim that they despise attorneys but when they require one they usually state that they like their attorney.

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