I don't know about you, but it seems that as soon as someone finds out I am in law school they begin rattling off all the lawyer jokes they know. Recently a man I met while trick-or-treating with my children, ended his list of lawyer jokes with this one: Q: How many lawyer jokes are there?
A: Only three. The rest are true stories. As funny as some of these jokes are, I want to give you my perspective of lawyers after working with them for the last several years. #1- They will volunteer for just about anything. I can't tell you how many lawyers I have met who volunteer countless hours creating lectures, teaching classes, preparing you for court, judging moot courts, and offering advice to those in need. Practicing attorneys volunteering their busy schedules has made law school an incredible experience. #2- They love their school. Recently, I was at a recruiting event for high school students when an alumni of the University of Idaho--College of Law asked if he could help me answer questions the kids had about law school. He was so eager to share his experiences and passed out several business cards encouraging these students to contact him if they had any questions about law school. This man had no incentive to represent the school, other than he loved his law school and wanted to help the aspiring law students. #3- They are well connected. When I explained what type of law I was interested in pursuing, I was surprised at how eager the attorneys were to introduce me to associates they know who practiced in that area. Every single one insisted I name-drop them and offered to be of any assistance. They say its about "who you know" and its nice to see lawyers so eager to introduce you to people they have worked with over the years. And last, but not least... #4- They hate being sick. Never have I met a group of people more nervous about catching a cold than lawyers. If you are ever in the elevator with one, tell him/her that you are just getting over a cold while throwing in a couple of fake coughs. Odds are he/she will reach over, stop the elevator at the upcoming floor, and walk the stairwell the rest of the way. It has been a pleasure working with lawyers for the last few years.