The world of the law – and its practitioners too – can seem cold and forbidding to hopes of a budding romance.
And yet lawyers can make the most dependable of partners if one goes about it the right way.
That’s pretty much how it is to be a lawyer navigating the non-legal world: constant vacillation between shame and pride.
We like to think that our knowledge of legal niceties and nuances makes us invaluable assets to our friends, but we also suspect that we are boring them at cocktail parties, or worse, alienating them with our insistence on taking up and arguing obscure points and correcting the guests.
After all, they’re constantly competitive – with each other and for the trophy client – so looking for a partner is simply something that plays second fiddle to the person at center stage – them!
While your partner is memorizing tax codes, learn to cook Uruguayan food.
We're argumentative It's in our nature, we argue for a living remember?
Let us know what you think or want to advise should be added. Now the “Dirty Dozen” tip – Sure they might earn good money and have all the pizzazz and chutzpah you like, but like ordinary mortals they can come out with eye-bleeding student debt. This means several things, including cancelled dinner dates, stressful nights (and days, for that matter). Regrettably the average lawyer is also a person of intense self interest and competitiveness.
If you move in it’s likely to be a cheap attic studio with loan repayments that makes you think you could be living in the Hamptons. All of which means you have a noisy partner who wants you to pay when you go out. It’s not necessarily that lawyers love their work, it’s just that the law is a demanding mistress. They are frequently, but by no means exclusively, Type A personalities.