Why You Should Become a Lawyer?

Becoming a Lawyer

Working as a lawyer can be fulfilling for someone looking for an influential and intellectually challenging career. Lawyers can explore different specialisation options, the following are common reasons for becoming a lawyer and the benefits of becoming one.

Reasons To Become A Lawyer:

The Capacity to Help Others

Many people join the legal profession out of a desire to help people in need and help change the world for the better. Whether you want to venture into civil rights, family, environmental, personal injury, business, or military law, there are numerous opportunities to apply legal skills and knowledge to benefit the environment, animals, and people.

As a lawyer, you can better protect companies, groups, individuals, and the voiceless, such as animals, children, and the planet. Many lawyers provide free (pro-bono) services to help those who cannot afford to pay for legal services despite needing them.

Specialisation Options

Lawyers have numerous specialisation options where they can pursue broad law fields or focus their expertise in a niche area. For instance, one may work in a specialty area such as civil or criminal law, labour and employment law, corporate law, entertainment law, or family law. Access to this vast array of options will help you find a role that best suits your professional needs and interests.

Earning Potential

Lawyers are among the best-paid legal professionals, where most earn a salary above the national average. However, remember that making top bucks as a lawyer is not automatic. Your earnings depend on experience level, employer size, and geographic location. Lawyers working for major metropolitan areas, large law firms, and in-demand specialties usually earn the highest income, while those in the public sector do not make so much.

Transferable Skills

Although it costs a lot in both money and time to go through law school, you will always possess the knowledge once you get your legal qualifications. Unlike prestige and money, you can never lose education as it stays with you forever. Even if you explore other opportunities away from the legal arena, the skills you gained while practising and studying law will always be helpful.

A legal degree can open many doors to new opportunities in various career paths and often become a stepping stone for lawyers during their working life. You can apply legal skills in many other job types and industries, from law enforcement to mediation, management, writing, consulting, and academia.

Influence and Prestige

Working as a lawyer will provide a distinct level of status and prestige in your community. The prominence will earn you professional recognition and give you a particular amount of influence. This unique position and power can help you enact societal change, primarily if you serve in a governmental role as a policymaker.


One benefit of being a lawyer is its flexibility in various areas. To start with, you can set your fees, choose your working hours, and choose the type of clients you want to serve. Apart from picking and choosing the niche you want to focus on in your career, you can change this specialty when you feel your services are needed elsewhere.

You can choose to work as a public defender, sit on the board of a multinational firm, or start your legal practice. Joining a boutique law firm is also an option where you work across multiple fields. No matter your preference or interest, you will enjoy the flexibility provided by a career in the legal field.

Intellectual Challenge

If you want a career that will continuously see you advancing intellectually, you should consider studying law. After obtaining your legal qualifications, you must be up-to-date with new regulations and keep honing your creative thinking, analytic, relationship building, negotiating, and problem-solving skills to succeed.


Clarence offers its clients:

  • A dedicated, responsive, and internationally qualified team with experience in a wide range of transactions in Hispanophone, Francophone, Anglophone, and Lusophone countries;
  • Working with one of the leading firms in Central Africa, with the best team specialised in oil and gas transactions led by one of the best energy lawyers in the region, our Managing Partner, Abraham Abia;
  • Creative and cost-effective advice;
  • Global coordination with Clarence’s international network of law firms and lawyers;
  • Good working relationship with key stakeholders in the countries where we operate, particularly with regulators; and
  • Lawyers that uphold the highest ethical standards in compliance with anti-corruption laws and regulations.

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