Lawyer influences

July 24, 2009
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I wonder if interest in the old TV show “Perry Mason” has increased since news stories about U.S. Supreme Court justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor have mentioned how influential the show was in her becoming a lawyer.

After being told she couldn’t become a detective because she had diabetes, she realized maybe she could be an attorney. This decision came after watching hours of “Perry Mason.”

Is it that simple to pinpoint the moment in your life when you knew what you wanted to be when you grew up?

For years, I thought I’d enter the field of sports medicine. I was convinced it was what I wanted to do. I loved sports and the workings of the human body – it was a perfect fit. Then I took chemistry in high school and realized I’m more of a liberal arts girl. Writing was something I always enjoyed, which is how I ended up majoring in journalism.

My decision to enter my profession wasn’t related to a specific moment, person, or influence. It was a gradual realization as I found myself enjoying history and English classes more, and math and science courses less.

But some people have that “ah-ha!” moment when they realize what they’re meant to do. It may have come after watching countless hours of “Law & Order” or “Ally McBeal.” Perhaps a parent is an attorney and you’ve always admired their work. It could be you experienced a situation that made you want to help those wronged by the law.

Maybe you can’t say TV made you want to enter the legal profession, but when did your realize you wanted to be an attorney?
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  • I think this should be a two part question.

    One, what caused you to enter law school?

    Two, what made you decide to stick with the profession once you finally understood what it actually entailed? This latter point was a rude awakening for some of us.
  • Brian - you bring up a good point in sticking with being a lawyer. Perhaps I\'ll explore that more in a future post.

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