For decades, we all thought that people loved to hate us. Just because we went to university to study law for years, we’re smart, and we know how to read at least the odd Latin phrase. It sounds like pure jealousy.
Maybe people feel excluded
Yes, okay it’s kind of intellectually stimulating to talk to other lawyers in a way that no one else can. Who else can you have an in-depth discussion about the merits of one option over another? Sometimes it’s just easier to explain a concept to another lawyer with comments like “Remember what we did there? It’s the same but a bit different for that. And tweak this a bit”. Maybe people feel excluded, and that’s why it seems like people love to hate us.
Maybe people don’t appreciate our efforts
We also love writing long, detailed documents with lots of cross-referencing to make finding clauses easier. We can’t possibly write something in less than ten pages. It usually takes that long to get the foundations right; then you need to include clauses for every possibility. Every other lawyer knows that the more detailed the contract, the more likely it can handle any situation. Maybe people don’t appreciate the effort we put in to draft such detailed documents, and that’s why it seems like people love to hate us.
Recent research suggests that people secretly love lawyers
As it turns out, none of that is true. Recent research suggests that people secretly love lawyers. It’s only recently that they’ve gained the confidence to start speaking out about it. When lawyers redefine the way they provide their legal services, they are finding that people respond more openly with love for their services.
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