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Perceptions of the Legal Profession Shellie Hirchert LS308 Law and Society Alan Daniel December 7, 2011 Lawyers have many roles in today’s society. Most commonly, they are representatives of clients, in which role they have multiple responsibilities to each client. They are to serve as an Advocate for the client’s position in the given situation, an Advisor who makes the client aware of his or her legal rights and explains the process, or possibly a negotiator, helping to settle cases without having to step foot in court at all.
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Depending on where one stands on each given situation, his or her perception of the lawyer will never be the same. For example, in a divorce proceeding: Husband and wife are in a heated dispute about who gets what and when. The wife gets the house, the car, primary custody of the children, and he is to pay her legal bills. Having worked in the construction industry for many years, I have heard out of the mouths of man after man, that he was robbed for all of his assets and that she got everything. In addition to that, having worked in the bar scene for many years, I have seen unhappy man after unhappy man drink his life away because he is unhappy at home. And when asked why he doesn’t just leave… almost every time the answer is “I don’t want to lose everything I have worked for.” As a woman, I see this as a misconception in that the lawyers in these cases are
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This note was uploaded on 02/21/2012 for the course LAW 300 taught by Professor Multiple during the Spring '12 term at Kaplan University.

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