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Is Being a Lawyer Worth it? 5 Aspects of Legal Job to Consider

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If you’ve ever thought about becoming a lawyer, I’m sure you’ve asked yourself is being a lawyer worth it? In the mind of many people, law feels like a decent career you can count on – pacing the courtroom floor, arguing cases, and impressing the judge and jury. But real life is different from what you see on TV shows. Before deciding to pursue such a career, it’s reasonable to research all cons than pros, not only visible attributes of it like impressive salary, prestige, and respect. 

So what is it really like to be a lawyer and is it worth it? Before you go into the deep end, it’s important to understand the reality of being a lawyer as compared to other legal careers. Lawyer job satisfaction is on the decline and 40-60 percent of lawyers, depending on specialty, report feeling stressed either most of the time (More details: Forbes and Johns Hopkins study). They’re reasons for this. 

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In order to make a well-informed decision about your future career, it’s important to understand the full picture.

The challenging years of law school

It typically takes seven years of full-time higher education to become a lawyer. (4 years for a Bachelor’s degree, then 3 years of law school). For being accepted in a highly competitive high school, or even one that is considered to be an easy law school, every student needs to pass the LSAT, and the preparational process can take a full year or more.

Then, if a student is accepted, the next years are devoted to full-time studying and training programs. Graduation day does not stop this, as recent graduates still stay up long nights studying to pass their state’s bar exam.

The high cost of education

A typical American student has huge debt after graduating, and lawyers’ debt is even higher, adding pressure to an already stressful career.  Of course, one may think that due to high earning potential, but the first job is usually harder to get than it seems. 

The potentially shaky job prospects

Is Being a Lawyer Worth it

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According to predictions, growth in employment for lawyers will continue for the next 5 years (6% per year). This may not be enough to provide jobs for all law students that will graduate. ABA says that only half of the students find a job 10 months after graduation. The question is, how the second half is paying off their debt? 

A sometimes stressful work environment

Lawyers get paid for “billable hours”, for example for preparing for the case. But on the other side of the coin, there are “non-billable” hours (education, meetings, business correspondence) that may double the total hours a lawyer works per week. Such demanding schedules and very heavy workloads only increase already high-stress levels. 

A typically pessimistic mindset

Lawyers are well known for their pessimism, which undoubtedly helps them to be good at their work, building cases against their opposition. But unfortunately, this kind of pessimism is unhealthy for other areas of life, increasing the risk of problems with health. 

It’s up to each person to decide for themselves if being a lawyer is worth it, but it’s definitely not for everyone.

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Dressed for Success: Can What You Wear Affect Your Success?

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You may have already heard the phrases ‘first impressions count’ and ‘dress for success’, but recent studies have demonstrated that there’s more truth to this statement than we may have initially thought.  For example, researchers at Yale looked at how a person’s outfit could influence their buying and selling success. The group who weren’t dressed well (i.e. plastic sandals and jogging bottoms) amassed a $680,000 theoretical profit, while those dressed in smart suits enjoyed an average profit of $2.1 million. Those in neutral clothes received an average of $1.5 million in profits.

business man photoAccording to one of the authors of this study, this demonstrates how the participants who weren’t dressed well would often concede to the smartly dressed ones, and the dapper participants recognized this greater sense of respect, which meant they backed down less than they perhaps usually would.

But what are the different ways we can dress to succeed and how does this work? Below, we’ll explore a variety of ways people help their fortunes by dressing in a certain way, before explaining how you can follow suit (quite literally, in some cases!).

Dressing for Job Interviews

job interviewWe’ve already seen how your choice of outfit can influence the outcome of a job interview, but what should you be wearing to get hired?

This does depend on the type of interview you’re attending, which is why it’s important to do plenty of research in advance. For example, when interviewing for professional companies who follow a smart uniform policy, men should opt for formal business attire that still showcases their personality (e.g. incorporating a statement tie). Women should create a well-dressed, tidy and neat look through smart clothes that, again, inject a bit of character into their style (e.g. wearing a brightly-colored dress complete with a fitted blazer). However, you might look for success from a different source, 34% of people who own a good luck charm, wear it in a job interview.

So, it’s not just about your getup, as many also swear by lucky charms that help them get through adversities or bring them added fortune when they need it most.

Celebrities and Their Lucky Charms

good luck charm photoThere are a number of celebrities who count on lucky charms, presumably, they do it with the aim of boosting their careers or to get them out of sticky situations. For example, Colin Farrell swears by the leather belt his father gave him, even going as far as offering a £16,000 reward to anyone who found it after it went missing. He’s also said to wear a lucky pair of boxer shorts when he starts filming something new – they’re covered in shamrocks and it says ‘The luck of the Irish’ on the waistband, of course!

Actor Benicio Del Toro has also confessed to having a lucky talisman – a ring with a central wooden section so he always has somewhere he can ‘touch wood’ when he needs to. And Cameron Diaz is often seen wearing a lucky necklace gifted to her by her friend. Why? Because she believes it’ll help ward off old age.

Can lucky charms help you to win money?

Another group of people that are renowned for searching for luck in unusual places is poker players, but these guys make sure they’re dressed for success, too. Not only do they reach for the lucky items in their wardrobes, e.g. socks, shoes, pants, jewellery or shirts, but they also make sure their outfit oozes confidence and enhances that all-important ‘poker face’.

Poker players are often seen relying on their lucky wardrobe, which include hats, baseball caps, mustaches and beards – all of which help them hide their true emotions so they don’t give too much away when they’re playing in a tournament. Another hugely popular accessory, which, if they win, also becomes a good luck charm, is a pair of sunglasses. As most believe your eyes can give the game away, sunglasses help stop opponents from reading a poker player’s mind while they’re playing. Renowned poker player Greg ‘Fossilman’ Raymer is just one of the players who wears sunglasses.

However, this get-up doesn’t just help them hide their feelings from other players but also adds to the overall impression they give off, creating a powerful, confident first impression to someone who’s coming up against them for the first time.

Conclusion

Many of us will have some lucky charm or other, whether we turn to it when we’re wanting our favorite football team to win a game or we’re hoping for a bit of good fortune when we’re trying to get something we want. However, all of us can influence our chances of success through what we wear, choosing outfits that we don’t just feel comfortable in but that give off a confident, assured look that impresses those around us.

To conclude, then, it does appear that being dressed for success can have an impact on how successful you are in all aspects of life, from getting a job to winning at the poker table. And when you double this up with your lucky charm, you’ll be well on your way to achieving your next success! Good luck!

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Cliche Magazine is Now Welcoming Summer Interns!

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Calling all writers, editors, and designers! We are now welcoming new interns to join our team and contribute to our monthly issues and blog this summer! If you love to write about topics related to popular culture, are interested in editing, or if you are simply trying to break into the magazine industry, then an internship at Cliché is just right for you!

Since all interns will be able to work from home, you must have frequent Internet access to apply. A great social media presence is a plus, so feel free to send along links to your blog, Tumblr, or Twitter accounts so we can get to know you better! Just be sure to specify which department you are interested in interning for.

How To Apply:

Visit our Careers page to see the full list of offerings.

If you have any questions concerning the internship programs, feel free to email us at jobs@clichegroup.com or contact our Editor in Chief via Twitter @meganportorreal for the fastest response. We look forward to working with you!

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Cliche Magazine Hiring YouTube Coordinator Intern

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Cliché Magazine is the premiere digital Fashion, Lifestyle, Entertainment and Pop Culture Magazine with a monthly readership of over 50,000 people. The magazine can be found in iTunes among other prestigious publications.

We are currently interviewing potential interns to fill a very important Social Media position to help us syndicate our video content and setup interviews with Musicians, Clothing Designers, Models, Actors and more. Our current YouTube Channel has nearly 1 million views. We also have an affiliate in Los Angeles that conducts live on air interviews (both video/phone) for Cliche so if you love social media and love Music, Fashion, Art, Entertainment, Celebrity and Red Carpet events, continue reading.

This is what goes on @ Cliche Magazine………

*Cliche: We get a music video submission

*You: You will watch the video. If it’s of high quality both from a production and vocal standpoint, you will contact the submitter directly and ask if they would like to be interviewed by Cliche Magazine (we have several options, some are free, some are paid for). If they respond you will contact our Cliche Correspondent who will arrange an interview with the Band/Group.

*Cliche: We conduct the Video Interview and edit the video.

*You: Will upload to our Youtube Channel

This is an UNPAID Internship BUT if any of your efforts result in selling a paid interview OR promotional campaign, you will get a $50 commission each time. You will have a company email address and will be responsible for helping us grow and promote our already popular YouTube Channel.

If you know YouTube and love Fashion and Entertainment, fill out the form below.

Cliche Magazine Hiring YouTube Coordinator Intern.

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