What Does a Lawyer Really Do?

On television and in the movies, we see trial lawyers in the courtroom passionately defending or accusing witnesses and defendants of their involvement with high-profile crimes.  We see these high-energy professionals reach their breaking point, sometimes raising their voice and carrying on in long diatribes about truth and justice and responsibility.

In real life, though, most MonAvocat don’t really act this way, not even in such high-profile trials. As a matter of fact, most lawyers—even trial lawyers—spend most of their time in an office or in judge’s chambers discussing and negotiating the terms of contracts or other agreements.


The legal field is not just about following the laws of the country.  Laws change and nuances are added and, in the case of a trial, a lawyer’s job is not necessarily to defend a person’s complete innocence.  Their job is to compare your situation to those that have come before.  They look at things like historical precedence and what cases are on record to determine what can be done about your case.  Sure, you can look up information like this but you pay your lawyer to have some existing knowledge and awareness of these things already.


You also pay a lawyer not just because of what they know but also who they might know. As a matter of face, no lawyer operates in a vacuum.  Every single lawyer has friends and colleagues who work in different aspects of the legal system and who have different styles of research and process.  The best lawyers are those with a strong network of professionals who can offer additional advice on your situation.


If and when you do end up in a court room, a lawyer’s job is not just to try to defend you from the cold, static history of the law. No, their job is to get your side of the story, your personal situation, and your potential for correction and then advocate for you with the judge/jury/other attorneys.  The legal system will only know you as a defendant with charges, but your attorney will get to know you personally and attempt to communicate that aspect of your case to those who might contribute to determining your fate.