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Sharp tailored suit, steaming black coffee, and a stare that could disintegrate a man: these are the three essentials to being a lawyer. Though most court cases rarely go to trial, lawyers spend almost all day drafting documents, interviewing clients, and resolving disputes. We’ve spent a lot of time getting acquainted with lawyers, many of whom have thousands of dollars in student loan debt. Here’s a typical day in the life of a trial lawyer.

6 a.m. Wake up

7:15 a.m. Prep for trial with paralegal

9:00 a.m. Negotiation with opposing attorney

11:00 a.m. Deposition back at the office

1 p.m. Lunch

2 p.m. Meeting with unruly client

2:15 p.m. Interruption from fellow lawyer regarding another case

4 p.m. Trip to district court to file an appeal in another case

5 p.m. Confuse cases and call up the wrong client during file review

6 p.m. Finally attend to the mountain of emails that have amassed through the day

7 p.m. Meet with client to prep for court the following day

11 p.m. Head home for a wink of sleep before it starts all over again

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