Law student’s No. 1 priority

courtEveryone knows at least a joke or two about lawyers. Popular culture has a consensus about what a stereotypical lawyer is.

They have no souls. They’re amoral, heartless thieves that twist words and ideas in order to get their way. They’re manipulative, sneaky, arrogant and almost worse than politicians (because many politicians are lawyers). On top of all this, it doesn’t help that they can make a ton of money doing what they do.

Despite this, state bars have an oath that all lawyers are required to take before being certified to practice law in the same way doctors take an oath before practicing medicine.

Every oath uses words and phrases such as respecting the courts, refusing that which is unjust, maintaining truth and honor, protecting the defenseless and oppressed and even upholding the “respectability of the profession.”

These ideas that every practicing lawyer swears to sometimes stand in stark contrast with the at large reputation of lawyers in general.

Lawyers are professionals who handle or “practice” the law. Often times they work with abstract legal theories and principles in order to ultimately interpret and apply the law to certain situations and specific cases.

But to what end?

Depends on whom you ask.

The cynic or critic might say in order to make as much money as possible. Nevertheless, the ultimate purpose ideally is for the makers and handlers of the law to use it to deliver justice.

The greatest failure found throughout the law profession is when lawyers no longer do justice, love mercy and walk humbly. Lawyers are to be servants and counselors to the people for the betterment of society and nothing less.

Therefore, every law student’s No. 1 priority in all that he or she learns and does must always be to deliver justice and reject everything else.

Justice is slippery word that is hard to completely define. What does justice mean to you?


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2 responses to “Law student’s No. 1 priority”

  1. Megan says :

    I think justice is resolving conflict in a fair way. Good post partner!!

  2. Pacific Coast Beauty says :

    Justice makes me think of Captain America! Great post, Spencer.

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