Being a lawyer is certainly fascinating, but the path to becoming a lawyer is very tortuous and difficult.
The road to becoming a lawyer in Italy can be divided into two phases:
- professional (from the apprenticeship to the qualifying exam).
The difficulties to become a lawyer are on different levels:
- Study . The faculty of jurisprudence is one of the most difficult: due to the vastness of the programs of law, the severity of the exam commissions and the complexity of the subjects.
- Economic . During the forensic practice only very few will have a modest expense reimbursement, because many law firms will take advantage of the practitioner to get free work. A secondary job will therefore be necessary or be maintained by the parents during the journey to become a lawyer.
- Health . The university law student, the practicing lawyer and the qualified lawyer are unfortunately among the people with the greatest problems of anxiety and stress. As a student, all you have to do is listen to a random number while you’re on the road and you’ll immediately try to remember the article in the corresponding code. As a lawyer, you will think about your cases already at breakfast or in the evening at the cinema.
- Competition . Entering a saturated market is a huge problem and, as you certainly know, in Italy there are 250,000 lawyers. Really too many. Now there is no table in a pizzeria, a traveling party or a Whatsapp group that does not even count on the presence of a lawyer. This competition reduces the number of potential customers and especially lowers the cost of the legal fee.
In the 1980s and 1990s, becoming a lawyer would have paved the way to a “safe profession”, but today it is no longer the case.
Fortunately, the market changes and today the title of lawyer can be used as a freelancer , as in the past, but also employed by companies that, with increasing litigation, always need a legal office.
The profession of lawyer is also suitable for professionally forging and developing in a versatile way, so as to be useful for use in other fields of work.