I have always dreamed of becoming a lawyer. I must admit that at I was initially after the money that lawyers make but certain experience in my life have shown me the other side of the law. My family traveled a lot when I was younger. This experience has exposed me to all sorts of cultures and societies; from the poverty of families in Jamaica to the wealth of families in California. Yet what these travels revealed was that regardless of race or creed or financial standing, the law applied equally to all of them. While there are some who are arguably able to prolong the execution of justice, nobody really escapes from the law.
There was a time however when the practice of law was considered a noble profession, when lawyers were not influenced by media publicity and the value of the retainer fee. I am not saying that this is no longer the case but simply saying that these negative perspectives regarding lawyers should not even surface in the first place. The practice of law is indeed a noble profession. I may have not recognized it at first for I myself am guilty of having criticized the justice system and lawyers as well, but a certain experience of mine has led me to see that there is much more to the practice of law than what the media depicts.
During one of my summers I found myself in the employ of two lawyers in my community. One of them was a lawyer in the field of criminal law while the other one was a lawyer in the field of immigration law. I must admit that neither of them had the fancy cars or the huge houses that lawyers usually have. Yet there was something about them that made them very successful from my point of view. The fact that they knew the cases of their respective clients by heart and even the names of their children and family situation made me see them and the practice of law in general in a different light.
These were lawyers who were in a position to make millions of dollars yet they chose not to and instead devoted their lives to uphold the justice system of the state and of this great country. They could have just as easily drummed out enough media publicity to vault their careers not even for money but to use the publicity for a higher, greater cause, the welfare of people but they never did; instead they chose to live the unglamorous life of serving the needy, the poor and the underprivileged.