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Is the Legal Profession Dying? Nope, Still Just Miserable

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By George Khoury, Esq. on August 24, 2018 6:58 AM

Every now and then, or more often, we hear news about how the legal profession is dying. Whether it's robot lawyers, the apocalypse, or the robot lawyer apocalypse, you don't have to worry about the legal profession dying. The profession isn't going anywhere.

Your job on the other hand, well, that's another story. If you're one of the countless miserable lawyers out there reading professional doomsday blogs, it isn't much comfort knowing that you're not alone. In fact, that can be the source of anxiety as you try to claw your way out of the soul-crushing law school debt hole. Yet, no, the profession isn't dying, it's just miserable sometimes.

Below, you can read about a few examples of other lawyers in worse misery than you, and that you at least don't have to worry about competing against.

Michael Cohen

Seriously ... Michael Cohen had it made until Trump won the presidency. But after the election, he seemed to go from made-man to hilariously bad lawyer. And now, he's probably getting 3 to 5. Whoops.

Prenda Law Lawyers

If you're considering executing that hairbrained scheme you concocted with your law school buds that seems to blur the lines between ethically irresponsible and extortion, um, don't. Really, if you need an example to convince you otherwise, spend an hour reading about the Prenda Law saga (this can get you started on a deep dive, as another one just pleaded guilty). These guys are the perfect role models for why lawyers shouldn't carry out hairbrained, but sure-fire, schemes. If it's a scheme, don't bother thinking twice, just don't do it.

Pharma Bro Lawyer

Greed may not be worst of the seven deadly sins for lawyers to possess, though ask the infamous pharma bro Martin Shkreli's lawyer Evan Greebal, and you might get a different answer. He's going to be doing 18 months for pushing some paper that the pharma bro asked him to push, which is pretty accurate technically he was found to have helped Shkreli defraud investors out of millions by creating sham settlement and consulting agreements.

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