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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