A third of Brits would consider quitting their job to become a lawyer

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Influenced by legal TV shows

One-third of Brits would consider quitting their current jobs to pursue a career in law, according to new research — and the reason is partly to do with legal TV dramas.

The survey, conducted among 2,000 members of the public, revealed that 666 respondents would consider leaving their current jobs, even though nearly half (49%) stated they are content in their present positions.

According to the researchers, one major factor for considering a career change is the portrayal of lawyers on-screen, with 32% of Brits stating they were influenced by documentaries and TV shows they have watched. One in five (19%) have also been influenced by celebrities that have become lawyers.

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Elsewhere in the research conducted by Censuswide on behalf of BPP Law School, it was found that the once common perception that the legal profession is predominantly for “white men in suits” is also diminishing. Nearly half of respondents (47%) said they didn’t view a lawyer as a particular type of person or having a stereotype.

The wide-ranging survey also examined the qualities people most associate with lawyers, highlighting intelligence and confidence as key factors, along with being well-spoken and a critical thinker.



The image portrayed on television by those tv shows does not accurately reflect the work of a corporate lawyer. Even though there are long hours and a lot of client interaction, most of the work done by a corporate lawyer focuses on managing projects, coordinating teams, liaising with foreign counsel, and answering client queries. This blog post that I recently read sunmarises very well what a corporate lawyer does: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-do-corporate-lawyers-jake-schogger-hryte/


That third of brits would be running back crying after the first couple of years.

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