First published in the June 2006 issue of California Lawyer
You’re at a party, bar, book store, police station, restaurant, gym, court house, Whole Foods, coffee place, dry cleaners, car wash, dog park, impound lot, or your shrink’s waiting room, and you strike up a conversation with an attractive person. Inevitably, you’re asked the dreaded question: “What do you do?”
You consider lying. You imagine all the interesting things you could’ve done with your life if only you hadn’t decided to go to law school. You wonder for the millionth time how you could’ve possibly fallen for that “there’s lots of things you can do with a law degree” line. Eventually you shrug and answer “I’m a lawyer.”
Typically, this admission is greeted by one of three responses: (a) “Not another lawyer!”; (b) “Really, my ____ is a lawyer, do you know ____ ?”; or (c) a broad smile where you can just see the person calculating how much money you make in his or her head. No wonder lawyers have so much trouble finding true love.
The world is filled with romantically challenged lawyers. Answer the following ten questions to find out if you’re one of them.