My friend studied criminal law but now he’s a business lawyer

Back in college my friend Michael and I were taking philosophy classes together and wondering where the future would take us. We were full of so much idealism and hope back then, but now I am a different person altogether. The last eight years were devastating for me, but at least the nightmares are slowly coming to an end. Michael had his own set of struggles, especially when he started law school during my senior year of undergraduate college. It wasn’t an easy transition, especially since we were at a school initially that cared little about GPA and test scores. But suddenly he was at a law school where tests were absolutely mandatory and counted heavily towards his overall performance. He started with the intention of becoming a criminal attorney, so naturally he studied criminal law. There is always abundant work in public defense and prosecution, especially if you’re willing to live in the state capital. However, a year of working in criminal law soured Michael’s stance toward it and he took the opportunity to shadow an attorney at his firm who was a prominent business lawyer. Now that Michael is also a business lawyer, he’s much happier at work every single day. One of his biggest clients operates the leading men’s apparel outlet store in the state. Despite having his hands full every week at work, he still manages to get time for himself on the weekends to spend with his family or doing his hobbies at home. I can see why he prefers being a business lawyer opposed to a criminal attorney.



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