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« on: Jan 12, 2012 06:47 PM »


Assalamu alaikum!

I'm just another person wondering what career choices to make, and the advice I've seen being given here is amazing!

I've been thinking really, really hard about becoming a lawyer in the future. What do you guys know about being a lawyer in the states (especially islamically)?

All feedback appreciated.

Thanks

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« Reply #1 on: Jan 12, 2012 08:42 PM »

Would you be OK with defending a rapist, winning and then sleeping the night after he was convicted of raping someone else?

How about defending racists who beat up Muslims?

How about convicting Muslims you know are innocent?

Few lawyers get to pick and choose their cases.

If you choose to be a lawyer will you pick and choose your cases or will you choose to be successful?
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« Reply #2 on: Jan 19, 2012 08:09 PM »

Wsalam,

OK please ignore the above. Very few people who study law actually become trial lawyers! All those dramatic courtroom cases where someone is defending a murderer/rapist are very, very rare lol. And guess what even if you're a trial lawyer you do CHOOSE whether or not to take on a case!! Unless you are a public defender and even then I heard you can object to certain things.

Most lawyers do a lot of bureaucratic stuff. They do stuff like business law, immigration law (big with muslims), copyright law, family law, insurance law, marriage and divorce stuff, work for activist groups, non-profits, even social work. So there's tons of stuff out there. The only thing is because of the recession tons of people decided "to go back to school", law school! And now they're out looking for jobs and it's very hard for lawyers to find work.

Best thing to do is to talk to any muslim lawyers you know that are around in your community. They can give you some good advice.
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« Reply #3 on: Jan 19, 2012 08:40 PM »

I think you should go ahead with it. Like sis J pointed out, contrary to modsufi, defending murderers/rapists is not the only thing you'll do.
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« Reply #4 on: Jan 20, 2012 05:55 AM »

Law is a great career, its not at all just like its portrayed in the media with tough controversial cases. There are so many different fields of law to choose from. Just make sure you are willing to pay the fees for the course, you might end up with big student loans afterwards. But as a career choice law can be very rewarding.
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