Lawyers, by the nature of their job descriptions, are some of the most overworked and hardworking professionals out there. They tend to devote much of the time to work while also having to do so much more within the short duration of time they have at their disposal.
This begs the question, ‘what is the day in the life of a lawyer like?’ We cannot answer this question as simply as such. We have to lay bare the roles of a lawyer and the tasks that this professional ordinarily takes part in within a typical day. Then, we shall describe these roles briefly to enlighten you more about them.
What Is the Day in the Life of a Lawyer Like?
Typically, lawyers spend roughly 50-60 hours each week on their duty. This is way above the 40-hour per week average. Their primary role is just to show up in court and stand in the stead of a client in trouble. Let us now break down their roles in a typical day setting.
How lawyers start their day
The way a lawyer starts his day is largely dependent on his area of specialization. Common examples of these specializations are real estate, business law, labor, and personal injury, to name but a few! Generally, labor attorney spends more time than the real estate lawyer and so on.
Regardless of their areas of specialization, these lawyers start their day by scheduling the tasks they intend to tackle on that day. That could be ordering, arranging, and prioritizing tasks in the order in which the same has to be done on that day. Mostly, they make use of assistants to help them out in all these.
During business hours
Now to the core of the business hours of the lawyers. Lawyers typically do the following chores:
The research entails digging deeper to find out the finer details of the court case. In this sense, they spend lots of time asking questions, digging deeper into the facts that surround the case, and piecing the bits of evidence together to have a firm understanding of the cases they are presently working on.
Studying in this context is the act of preparing for future cases mainly by reading more about similar cases in the past or in the present that may be argued the same way. It includes reviewing the case files, reading the case notes, preparing for hearings, and anything that can deepen the understanding of matters of law.
After garnering the necessary pieces of information during the research and the study stages, the same has to be jotted down by way of writing. The lawyers in this sense do draft correspondences like emails and letters while also writing briefs, responses, and other relevant documents.
In the modern world, it is impossible to transact any business without making calls. Lawyers also make calls to clients and other interested persons in any matter that is presented before them. These calls mainly endeavor to update clients on their cases, discuss the matter with like-minded lawyers, and make necessary contacts.
Some clients may require one-on-one meetings over and above the phone calls and letters. Yet again, lawyers dedicate much of their time attending them. Just like with the phone calls above, these meetings are mainly geared towards updating clients on the state of their cases. They are superior in that they are more interactive than calls and letters.
These form the core of the daily tasks of the lawyers. Lawyers indeed spend much of their time and expertise to defend clients at the courts. While at the courts, they argue cases in favor of their clients with the hope of gaining an acquittal or at least a less severe ruling.
Here below are the main responsibilities of a typical lawyer, regardless of his area of specialization:
- Providing legal advice to the clients
- Interpreting the laws and how they apply to various cases
- Gather sufficient evidence for a case by scouring legal and public records
- Standing for clients in a court of law
- Studying the past legal data to ascertain the likelihood that the one at hand might succeed or not
- Showcasing the pieces of evidence to prosecute the defendants or defend the clients in litigations
- Prepping and drafting legal documents like leases, mortgages, deeds, will, and legal briefs
- Negotiating legal settlements
- Supervising legal assistants
- Acting as executors, guardians, trustees, or agents for individual and corporate entities
Beyond working hours (after work)
We started out by saying that lawyers spend much of their time at work compared to other professionals. Outside the 8-hour normal working hours, they also spend a bit of their time attending to other relevant tasks. These could be reviewing the progress of their work at the end of the day.
They may also answer correspondences, prepare for the following day, and follow up on some pending issues. As is the case with other kinds of persons, they also need to rest, relax and unwind. How they do this largely depends on the unique tastes and preferences of each lawyer.
Some may go to the gym, others may patronize a club, yet others may just choose to hang out with their friends and peers. When they are finally through with their day, they go to sleep just like any other professional ordinarily would under that circumstance.
The roles and the contributions that lawyers play in the lives of the communities they are in cannot be wished away just like that. These people help a lot with matters to do with the law and the hassles of having to stand in a court and argue one’s side of issues.
It is therefore our common objective to help them in their journeys and undertakings. One such way is to appreciate these people whenever and wherever you come across them. Then again, you should also try as much as possible to pursue a course or two in line with the legal profession.