I'm a lawyer now.
Over two hundred of us were called to the bar yesterday morning (the Victoria Concert Hall was specifically designated as a court yesterday for that purpose, because apparently, we all cannot fit into the Supreme Court).
And the judge who presided over our call quoted Shakespeare. ♥
The night before we were called, on our last day as trainee lawyers, some of the associates took us out for drinks by the river (which was really great of them, and I hope to be able to do this for the new lawyers when they come in next year!). And then all of a sudden this artistic spectacular with fireworks, fire, and theatrical artists suddenly happened on the river right by us. We had no clue what was going on (see, lawyers in the abyss of work - turned out it was the arts festival), but the surprise made it even more magical.
One of the senior associates yelled, "WELCOME TO THE BAR!" as the fireworks exploded overhead, and I really can't think of any other way I'd want my time as a trainee lawyer to come to an end.
Just in case you think it's always a fairytale, though: while the emails were being sent around asking if we were free for drinks, one of the associates asked if we weren't very excited about being called. And one of us wrote, in reply, "With great power comes great responsibility."
I cracked up, and then I realised that the lawyer's version of that would probably be, "With great power comes great liability."
I am so sorry I haven't been around much: I know I owe several people things, fic and coding and mail and comments among them, I think. There is an insane amount of paperwork and bureaucracy involved in the business of making lawyers out of people, and it is completely exhausting.
So, what I'd say to anyone who's thinking about becoming a lawyer, on my thoughts on the whole becoming-a-lawyer business?
... It's insane. It's crazy. It will eat up your head and nearly all your free time, your work-life balance will occasionally (if not frequently) consist of work = life, (... although, this does depend on what kind of work you choose to do and where you choose to work, so this is not a given).
It will change the way you look at the world and the people you meet. It will make you aware of so many things you never knew existed before, and it will make you care about so much you never even gave a thought about before. It will drive you up the wall and through the roof, and it will be fun in ways you never would have imagined.
DO IT ANYWAY. +
It will change your life. It's still changing mine.
+ I do have to warn you that this is coming from the person who insists on giving the law interns a honest answer when they ask about the horror stories about the long hours. My take on it is that if they're thinking about it, they might as well BE PREPARED. And from the person who used to force herself to go for mock advocacy trials even though they intimidated her to no end because she thought they would be good for her. (It turns out they were).