There are some people who grow up wanting to be lawyers. There are other people who attend school for something else and then realize they want to go to law school. There are those who go to college and then travel the world or become ski bums for a few years before going to law school. There are even others who may attend a trial and decide that arguing for a cause suits them best. Then there are those like my friend Sally.
Sally is super smart but can come across to those who don’t know her as a little flighty. She went to school for business marketing, although did not really know what she wanted to do with her career post-graduation. She figured marketing suited her well because she is a dynamic person who easily makes friends with everyone she meets. She graduated and got a marketing job with a law firm. She held that job for a few years but it didn’t feel like the right fit for her. She loved it and enjoyed marketing as well as learning legal terminology along the way but wasn’t in front of people enough to suit her needs.
Then one day, she watched a movie about a girl who went to school for fashion design but got dumped by her boyfriend. The girl in the movie followed her ex-boyfriend from California to Harvard to attend law school to try and win him back. The girl in the movie did this by attending the same law school as her ex-boyfriend. It highlighted her ability to adapt and thrive within a field that she had never previously considered before. The girl in the movie graduated with flying colors. She was a successful lawyer. She was Reese Witherspoon’s role as Elle Woods in the movie Legally Blonde. She was also a bit flighty.
My friend Sally could relate to this character. She was also already working for a law firm as their SEO specialist. Although a great job and position, she decided to follow the spirit of Elle Woods from the movie and applied to law school. She got in and worked hard. Whenever she was feeling stressed or defeated, she watched the movie that inspired her new career decision. She graduated with flying colors. Sally found her niche in litigation and loved attending trials. She worked for the firm that she had previously done marketing for. The firm hired a company to design their law firm’s website and feature their attorneys and cases on separate pages.
Sally was the first attorney featured on her own page. She had lists of all her trials and cases to show her success. She was especially successful in front of a jury as she knew how to talk to the jury and how to relate to each and every juror, whether through a story or simply a smile. Although always a savvy and well-spoken woman, she still accredited her success and drive to the movie that sparked her interested in becoming a lawyer. She was grateful for Reese Witherspoon’s character, Elle Woods, and the motivation and drive that made Sally’s career what it is today.