Audiences find dramas about murder trials to be enthralling. The news media is full of stories on controversial crimes and convictions. Lawyers in movies are depicted as aggressive and argumentative. There aren't any prime-time television shows about the lawyers who write wills, transfer real estate, or help new businesses get started, all within a calm office and quiet conference room.
The thrill of a high-stakes trial is appealing to many young law students, and they look for jobs in criminal prosecution or defense. While we do need some lawyers in that area, the rush toward criminal law leads to a lack of lawyers who are practiced in the art of the basics. General practice lawyers are often the ones working behind the scenes of everyday life. They keep things running smoothly and help prevent inconvenient or unfortunate glitches.