Sadly, lawyers have a negative reputation in this country. While some are unethical, burned out, and may be untrustworthy, the vast majority are incredible advocates that are dedicated to preserving and protecting our rights in this country.
Without lawyers, negligent doctors go unpunished.
The statistics are unbelievable! Every year in this country, doctors are proven to be negligent in tens, if not hundreds of thousands of surgeries. That means they screw up a routine surgery and someone is made worse than when they came in. Your views on tort reform notwithstanding, this is unacceptable! Every day in this country, lawyers are fighting for those injured by such gross negligence. If it were not for lawyers, nobody'd fight for the injured people. Shouldn't doctors that hurt people be punished and be made to pay the victims? It is because of lawyers that many doctors cannot practice medicine anymore due to incompetence or too many instances of negligence. I cannot fathom why lawyers have a bad reputation in this area of practice.
Without lawyers, prescription drugs that continue to kill us remain on the market.
Face it, people, prescription drugs can and often do kill people all the time. Just look at the commercials for bad drugs. They're everywhere! Because there are lawyers, drugs that are unsafe are removed from the market. This saves thousands of lives. The pharmaceutical companies are made to pay penalties and money to victims that trusted their drugs to make them better, not worse. Should lawyers really be hated because of their fight to stop bad drugs?
Without lawyers, wrongly convicted people are often put to death.
Appellate lawyers have saved so may wrongly-convicted people from the death penalty. You hear about it all the time. New DNA evidence surfaces that completely exonerates someone that was convicted of a crime they didn't commit but were found guilty at a trial. It is these hero lawyers that save innocent people from certain death. This is a reason to hate lawyers?
Without lawyers, police go unchecked in the performance of their duties.
Look, not all police are bad. Criminal trial lawyers challenge everything police do in every criminal case. They have to! Police often lie in order to make their cases. Their incident reports are often inaccurate. Their procedures are often not followed in their investigations. Just look at what's happening in this country in 2016. Police are killing citizens that clearly are no threat. The founding fathers of our country anticipated police corruption. This country was founded because people didn't trust the King of England. Once they arrived here, government was set up fairly quickly. Many of the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution provide protections for corrupt police activities. They give us citizens rules that must be followed whenever arrests are made, etc. Because of trial lawyers, police are exposed for wrong doings and innocent people are being acquitted of crimes. Is this a reason to hate lawyers?
Without lawyers, manufacturers of dangerous vehicles and products continue to injure and kill us.
Gas tanks located just behind the rear bumper...Airbags that go off for no reason at highway speeds...Tires that explode for no reason...Children's toys that contain dangerous small parts that choke innocent kids... The list goes on and on. It is because of lawyers that these defects are fixed and victims are compensated for their injuries. OK, without lawyers, the government would possibly get around to getting results, but lawyers get results immediately! Verdicts and settlements include orders that manufacturers must comply with. These orders make things safer and better. Imagine why lawyers are hated for these reasons?
My fellow Americans, it takes a great deal of time, effort, and dedication to become a lawyer.
Unlike earlier times when anyone could become an attorney without attending school, modern lawyers have worked very hard to get where they are. First they had to complete high school. Then they had to get a degree from a four-year college or university. Their high school and college grades must be good in order to proceed. After college, one must take an LSAT exam. This is an exam that supposedly shows how well one is likely to do in law school. After that test, one must apply to law school. If you are accepted, there are three years of study before you get your Juris Doctorate degree. But it doesn't end there. You must take yet another exam-the professional responsibility test. This test is mandatory before you can become a practicing lawyer. But there's still more testing assuming you pass the professional responsibility exam. All lawyers must pass a state bar exam. Ladies and gentlemen, this exam is without a doubt one of the hardest tests known to mankind. Many lawyers don't pass this test on their first attempt. Many excellent attorneys, politicians, and highly-regarded public figures took the test multiple times before passing. But there's more. Assuming you pass that exam, you then must complete a thirty-page (or so) document prepared by the state. You have to list every job you've ever had, your employers' names, address, job duties, reason for leaving, etc. You have to list every school you've ever attended. You have to list everywhere you've ever lived and the dates at each place. You have to list credit card accounts and any debts you may have. There's so, so much more contained therein. I've just provided a few examples. This document is not easy to complete. It takes months to compile all the information to complete it properly. Any mistakes made or gaps in dates, etc., will result in your acceptance to be delayed. Assuming you complete the document properly, it will be reviewed. If there are no issues within, then, and only then, will you be allowed to get sworn in as an attorney. Few, if anyone, knows what it takes to become an attorney.
Imagine all the money it takes for anyone to complete college and law school? If you think lawyers make too much money, there are reasons for it. Lawyers are protecting the citizens of this country everyday. They have a great deal of debt. Their fees are often based upon what results they provide their clients. High-risk cases deserve a high reward to both the client and their lawyer. What few people realize when considering huge, multi-million verdicts, is that juries are doing this. They're the ones that are giving such high dollar amounts. It may be the lawyer that argues for that amount, but everyday people like you and me are the ones giving so much money. And, most times, it's justified.
Someone said "if you think this country is bad because of lawyers, imagine this country without them." I strongly urge you to consider this quote and the remainder of this legal guide. While your opinion of lawyers is your choice, surely you'd agree that lawyers do more good than harm. God bless the United States of America!
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