Struggle and Joy With Continuing Legal Education

Law school is not for the weak. Any person who has ever considered law school has had to contend with the daunting thought of the reality. Months spent indoors pouring over decades of legalese. Cramming so much information into your head that it almost physically feels like it is going to explode. Presentations for you to create and lectures for you to soak in. A breath of knowledge that is beyond most people’s ability to comprehend or even hope to pursue. This is what going to law school means. And it does not stop there. Graduating law school then leads to bar exams. Bar exams lead to daunting internships or at the very least troublesome and complex interviews with people repeatedly testing your mettle. Then there are the cases or the other work that you do. Working in law has never been and will never be an eight hour a day forty hour a week job. This is hard grueling brain work combined with high stress demands to deliver on a regular basis. In between all of that you are expected to keep educating yourself of the latest developments in law.

Continuing legal education courses, when added to this whole breath of things pulling you, might seem like an unnecessary time suck but the fact is keeping your tools, mostly your brain and ability to talk your game, in top shape is a major part of any work in law. When you decide that continuing legal education is vital for your career you will, as you have with all things in your line of work, simply make it work for you. Good lawyers are strivers by their very nature, dedicated to growing and being better. Continuing legal education is a means to that seemingly never ending end. It is the proverbial carrot on the stick dangled in front of you but always out of reach. Getting good is hard in legal work, getting great is next to impossible.

Pursuing the law as a career should be a passion. It should be something that gets your juices flowing and makes you excited to see what’s next. If you have this in you the daunting reality can almost begin to seem like a fun challenge to yourself and those around you. If you believe in what you are doing taking some continuing legal education courses should not only be a professional no-brainer it should be a personal joy.

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