Because we were bored out of our skull this afternoon, we checked this blog’s stats on Google Analytics. Browsing through the various keywords people have used to find this blog over the past year, all we can say is “The hell is wrong with you people?”
Leaving aside the freaks and weirdos (and possibly some of their clients), however, it seems that most people find this blog by asking Google the same handful of questions. The number one search engine query that get people here, every month this year, is something along the lines of “why become a lawyer.” Number two includes variations on a theme of “can a cop lie about whether he’s a cop.” The top five are rounded out by queries about what crimes Goldman Sachs may have committed, connections between Adam Smith and insider trading, and what one should say to a judge at sentencing.
We’re not sure that we’ve actually discussed all of these topics here. Then again, we might have, and just forgot it (which is a distinct possibility — these posts are all written in a single pass, without any real editing, and usually are not given another thought once they’re posted. If you ever wondered what “ephemera” meant, you’re looking at it right now.)
Still, in the interests of
alleviating our boredom public service, here are some quick answers to our readers’ most pressing questions:
1. Why Should You Become a Lawyer?
Because you feel a calling to serve others. Because you want to make a difference in the lives of others. Because you are genuinely interested in the rules by which human society functions, why people behave the way they do, and the policies and interests underlying it all. If those are your reasons, then you belong.
Not because you want to (more…)