Being a lawyer was a universally horrible experience for me. Besides not understanding the fact that lawyers are paid for their time, lay people don't understand that being a lawyer does not mean that I want to give you advice on whatever petty problem you are having. The moment I told someone I was a lawyer, I often heard the nine words that I still despise to this day: "Can you give me some quick advice on something?" A lot of these people were friends of my parents. So, when I eventually started telling them to schedule an appointment to see me (for a fee, of course), they would inevitably tell my mom how rude I had been to them. "Why couldn't MA just give me some basic advice?" they asked her. "Why is MA so focused on money?" they would say. My mom, not understanding why I couldn't just help her friends, would also give me the 3rd degree once she heard about what happened.
The worst occurrence of "give me some quick advice" was on an occasion when I decided to go to my parents' place for lunch after a long day at the office. As I sat down with my plate, my mom rushed over and thrust the phone in my hand. She silently said, "Just talk to him. It's my friend's husband!" So after spending a whole day at the office, I was forced to listen to a man rant and rave about how he was unfairly terminated in a state where I was not licensed to practice. To get him off the phone, I explained the process to file his complaint with the EEOC. But, the man kept pushing me to tell him what state remedies he had. I finally told him to go hire an attorney in that state and leave me alone to eat dinner.
Law school is terrible, but the pain doesn't stop once you've been sworn in. People all around you who have no appreciation for the fact that lawyers get paid for their time can't fathom why you can't be a pal and tell them exactly what to do so that they can turn their misfortune into a windfall or at the very least, get revenge on those who have wronged them. Law school will ruin you financially, but will also greatly affect your social life. It is not for you unless you're one of those people who loves talking about the law every moment of every day and don't mind working for free after hours. I just know that I couldn't do it.