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_refugee_  ·  862 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Please allow me to introduce myself

I think, though I may be wrong, that someguyfromcanada is making the distinction because a lot of people who get law degrees end up not actually doing the typical "lawyer" stuff that you think of when you think "lawyer." For instance, there's corporate law, which really means you sit around at a desk all day and people come to you and describe a situation and go, "OMG did we break a law?" and you say, yes, or no, or maybe, or "but we could defend this so it's okay" - my interpretation is that a Big Law Lawyer is someone who actually goes into court and pontificates before juries and so on, as opposed to all the desk jobs you can get with a law degree.