Is being a lawyer a dangerous profession ?
It really depends on 2 things: 1) What type of law you do and 2) How you practice law. Some areas of law just naturally open you to more threats – criminal law, sometimes insurance defense, family law, CPS. When you deal with life, family, injuries you deal with high emotions, high stakes and sometimes bad outcomes. You also always run the risk of people just being a little off. I do workers’ compensation law and my clients get injured and get emotional and take medications, which can impact their mental state. In 10 years as an attorney, I have really only had 1 threat from a client. There are plenty of areas of law where you do not have to deal with such high emotions and personal stakes – wills & trust, probate, legislative drafting, tax. The more important factor to me, however, is how you treat your clients. People that have their lives, freedom, injuries at stake want attorneys that will tell them what is going on and show them basic respect as a human and a client. Ignoring clie