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25th-May-2008 11:41 pm
Reborn - Yamamoto CHIBITA
It feels really strange and crazy if I think about it too long, but:

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).
Comments 
25th-May-2008 04:05 pm (UTC)
CONGRATS~

And the judge who presided over our call quoted Shakespeare. ♥

...awesome XD
25th-May-2008 04:15 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU! ♥

He quoted Othello.

For one moment, when he mentioned Shakespeare, I actually thought that he'd quote from The Merchant of Venice, or Henry IV's "The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers."
25th-May-2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
My deepest congratulations ^_^
25th-May-2008 04:29 pm (UTC)
!!!! Is that an Oofuri icon?! ... you too? (A lot of people I know adore Oofuri, so I can't help but notice!) XDD

!! Thank you so much! ♥ It's gonna be a crazy ride ahead. XD
25th-May-2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
Yay, hun! Congrats! *_* I'm really happy for you~
25th-May-2008 04:24 pm (UTC)
ohgod that is the cutest icon ever. ♥ ... I know I say this a lot to your icons, but this one is INCREDIBLY CUTE. ♥

Thank you so much! ♥ *SPONTANEOUS DELIGHTED FLYING HUG* ♥

(... you can blame credit Uri in your icon for that: small, intensely cute things tend to fill me with a lot of energy)
25th-May-2008 04:21 pm (UTC)
BIG FAT CONGRATULATIONS~~~
Here's to hoping you'll get an awesome secretary!
25th-May-2008 04:34 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU SO MUCH ♥ ♥ ♥

OH MAN, I HOPE I GET AN AWESOME SECRETARY, TOO. I have heard the lawyers sing the praises of the truly remarkable secretaries, and I know how much difference a good secretary can make. ♥ It may be too much to ask for, but I hope that we'll be able to work well together.
25th-May-2008 04:35 pm (UTC)
Yay! *\o/* *throws confetti* Congrats, darling~
25th-May-2008 04:51 pm (UTC)
*THROWS A PARTY WITH YOU* ♥ (I love confetti!)

*griin* Thank you so much! ♥ (My favourite Warner Brothers siblings, too!)
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25th-May-2008 05:10 pm (UTC)
CONGRATULATIONS!!!! *giant hugs*

You have now earned the right to represent and advocate for others in the courts of justice. Wow...suddenly I feel old--like having a giant rock strapped on my back.

Well, I hope my career won't eat me alive. Despite knowing that it ate my life away during articling, I really don't want law to be the be-all and end-all of my life....I guess I'm still naive and optimistic....but I was once told by my first mentor (the first lawyer who ever hired me as a student) that if law is everything that I do, then I'd be a very detestable person, because I'd have lost my "innocence" which made me amiable with the clients and the staff.

Hmmmmmmm...

Anyways, yaaaaayyy!!! Good luck!!! We must continue to support each other in our climb up the law ladder (now that we've made it up the carpet)
25th-May-2008 05:23 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! You must've worked really hard to get where you are now. ♥ ^^
25th-May-2008 05:39 pm (UTC)
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
25th-May-2008 06:34 pm (UTC)
You are amazing, and in a lot of ways, my hero. So many congratulations are in order!!! : )
25th-May-2008 06:48 pm (UTC)
HUGS ^_^

congratulations ^_________^
25th-May-2008 07:05 pm (UTC)
*TACKLE HUG*
I'M SO HAPPY FOR YOU!

I never considered being a lawyer, despite the fact that many of my relatives thought I should be, but I'm glad you were able to do exactly what you wanted with your life; it's very inspiring (as I sit here trying to figure out exactly what I'm going to do with mine and looking at approaching adulthood like a tidal wave over my free time). And I'll bet that you become a mind-blowing lawyer. With your passion, it would be almost impossible not to

And I'll hold off on making Phoenix Wright jokes XD
25th-May-2008 07:06 pm (UTC)
Also I am really sorry I have not replied to your other comments; I've been busy with writing/schoolwork recently
25th-May-2008 11:59 pm (UTC)
heyhey, congratulations!
26th-May-2008 12:04 am (UTC)
Hurrah for you!!! It must have been extremely spectacular with the fireworks and all coincidentally happening as you are now a lawyer. WOOH, all the hard work and now (well, even more hard work still) but hurrah for you!!
26th-May-2008 02:05 am (UTC)
Congratulations!!!! It's a hard work ahead but you'll definately be great cos you really love the path you chose! =) I still hope to see you around for events and at the shop too though, so do give yourself some breaks now and then XD
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