Working the legal system is something which many students have a desire to do and whether that is in the form of an attorney or a court clerk, this is a career which can be very rewarding. Originally I studied law before going on to major in journalism and whilst I may not have cut it, my good friend Michelle L Marquez went all the way and is currently working within the stock market for the securities commission. The difference between us was evident from an early stage and she used to love studying things like arbitration and fraud, the things that not many people believe are too exciting she would love! I caught up with Michelle last weekend picked her brains about the pros and cons of working within the field of law.
The Good Stuff
Michelle begins by expressing jets how much she loves the law and how important an aspect of society that she has always believed that it was, and still is. Growing up she tells me that there was nothing else that she wanted to do beyond study law and she says that she is thankful each day that she can spend her time working within the legal system. She also stresses how much she enjoys it when justice is served against wrongdoers and that it is the investigative side of things that she enjoys the most. Finally she tells me that working in the law is something which has gained her great respect from many people inside and outside of the industry and this is something else which she enjoys.
The Not So Good Stuff
Working in the law has its bad side as well as good she tells me and there are some areas that she would like to tweak and improve if she could. The first thing she spoke about was the huge volume of hours that she works, especially when there is a case pending, in some cases she works over 80 hours per week. The lack of time with family and friends can be very challenging Michelle tells me. Another aspect she hates, although thankfully this happens infrequently is when injustice takes place perhaps because of a loophole or because someone has more money than another. Finally Michelle says that the only other compliant that she has is that sometimes there can be a lot of red tape and bureaucracy to get through when trying to obtain information, and that is something which can be deeply frustrating.
Michelle was very keen to stress that the positives of the job far outweigh the negatives and that whilst there are things which she could complain about, they are very small annoyances rather than huge complaints. The overriding feeling for Michelle is that she loves the law and this is where she always wanted to be, a nice reminder that doing what you love really is the answer.