On some days it’s hard to imagine a more difficult job that being a criminal defence lawyer.
We are the person at the party who quickly changes the mood of pleasant conversation when asked what we do for a living; worsened further when asked “how can you defend those people?”
Our days are spent cross-examining vulnerable witnesses who claim unspeakable acts happened to them, other days we are facing the stress of having a client who has placed all their trust into you go to jail for the rest of the life. We are often pushed to the limit of what any human can reasonably sustain on an intellectual level, while we write complicated briefs on obscure legal principles.
We are routinely looked upon with disdain from society, judged on our morals, and written with slanted revulsion in media reports of controversial cases. Chasing down payments from ungrateful clients or underfunded government aid, answering phone calls late in the evening awaking your family (sometimes on matters of critical importance, and more often on trivial matters that could have waited). And of course, the arguing. Arguing, arguing, and more arguing (with prosecutors, clients, police, jails, courts, clerks, parking attendants, etc.). Sometimes, all these things happen in just one day.
If you can manage all this, you should learn to love it.