Day in the life of
Lawyer – Lin McCraw
Like anything else in life, being a lawyer is what you choose to make it. I have been in practice since 1992. At times it has been maddeningly frustrating and wildly exhilarating. Over time, I have learned that to get the most out of the practice of law, you must plan for the long term, work hard in the short term and always stay true to who you are as a person. Any personality type can succeed in law and have a fulfilling career. It is not about that or even the area of law in which you practice; it is really about your attitude and fortitude. Never being satisfied with past accomplishments and constantly improving your skills as a lawyer and business person will help build a career you can be proud of while helping more people improve their lives than you thought possible when starting out. Choose to make it rich and full, and it will be rich and full.
My workday as a lawyer is normally anything but boring. While there are daily, weekly, or monthly to-do’s that are repetitive many of my activities are actually new and different. I am more project-oriented rather than process-oriented. Knowing that I have hired process-oriented people around me to keep the trains running on time, to gather records, to process demands, to keep the settlements processed timely, to pay the bills and etc. This frees me up to take on new projects to improve the business or to work deeply on the cases that really need the creativity and strategic prosecution to really get great results. In the personal injury field, very few cases really require the most true brain work. These cases are rarely the same and allow a project-oriented person like me to take on the project and add value to the most worthy cases while still having the business work through common and repetitive issues. For me, the practice of law is a good fit. I sometimes find myself thinking how blessed I am to get paid to do such an interesting job.
represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.