I was hired about seven months ago as a part-time receptionist/runner in a Law Office here in Lubbock. The job thus far has been a wonderful experience, and I have learned so many things! As an undergrad applying to law school this upcoming fall, I naturally believed this job would shine some light on the legal career I am pursuing. Which, it definitely has!
So, for those of you who are interested in becoming an attorney, I have decided to break it down for you based on my personal experience. I’ve come to the conclusion that I can best describe what working for attorneys is like by comparing my experiences to Girl Scout Cookies. Enjoy!
Thin Mints – My opinion: chocolate + mint = gross. However, many people find the combination to be heaven on earth. The same situation occurs daily in the office. You don’t always know whom you will be working with or talking to everyday. Sometimes it’s the most pleasurable client, other times not so much… However, I think that’s one of the things I like most: you can expect the unexpected. You learn to brush off the bad days and soak in the good. In the end, your hard work and time spent is always worthwhile.
Tagalongs (Peanut Butter Patties) – Hands down, these are my favorite Girl Scout Cookies. When I bite into these I can’t help but go “mmm…” and crack a smile. Considering I don’t even eat cookies that often, these are a real treat for me! There have been quite a few “real treat” moments in the law office too. Occasionally, a client will call or come in just to say thank you. It gives you that sweet feeling you have when you’re valued. You can’t help but think to yourself, “Our help really changed this person’s life for the better.” I’ve noticed that being an attorney can be very rewarding – yes, financially – but emotionally as well. Sometimes at the end of the day, I can’t help but crack a smile.
Trefoils (Shortbread Cookies) – These cookies may look plain, but they sure can be yummy! You can’t pass judgment by the looks of something, which I have come to learn at the office. The attorneys in the office are focused. They adapt their attitude to each different situation appropriately and confidently. Honestly, it took me a while to realize this. During my first week, I thought everyone was bipolar or just plain weird. I’ve, since then, caught on and adapted myself; although, it’s still an art I’m perfecting. My advice? Start practicing this skill now; it’ll sure help you in the future!
Thanks-A-Lot – I do find these cookies tasty; however, for comparison purposes, I’m using these more for their name. I’ve already alluded to the fact that as an attorney you may be thanked every now and then. Before I started working in the law office, I had my doubts about pursuing a law degree. I want to become an attorney because I wish to help people who just can’t help themselves. (I think of it as a calling…just like when cookies call upon me to eat them). However, jokes aside, this job experience has truly strengthened my want of becoming an attorney. I see first-hand how people need legal representation; without it, they feel powerless. I’ve come to learn that with hard work and dedication you can provide that needed power to the powerless. And, it will be rewarding.
So, that is (very) basically what my job has taught me in a nutshell – or cookie. Sound appetizing? If I may, here is what I suggest: Be willing to bite off more than what you can chew, and chew with a purpose.
Written By: Monica Huckabay
2012-2013 PreLaw Program Ambassador