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Inspiring lawyers

Lawyers are often the but of jokes. No doubt you'll hear many over the course of your degree and career. However, the role lawyers play in society is extremely serious. The rule of law is fundamental to preventing tyranny and arbitrary abuse of power.

In fact, there are many lawyers we can be proud of and aspire to emmulate. Read the biographies, speeches and articles below to learn about a few who have made a mark on history:

John Coke developed the concept of tyrannicide in order to try King Charles I of England after the English Civil War. 

Albie Sachs was a South African lawyer who worked for the African National Congress and was badly injured by the apartheid regime but went on to be a judge in the new South Africa. 

Eric Vadarlis was an Australian lawyer who put his own interests on the line to help some refugees fight for asylum.

The Lawyers Movement in Pakistan was the name given to the popular mass protest movement started by the lawyers of Pakistan in 2007 in response to the actions of the country's military dictator, General Pervez Musharraf, when he unconstitutionally sacked the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.

Legal Heros - From Cicero to Atticus Finch and Ada Kepley...In a weekly series on the Guardian's law site, lawyers write about their legal heroes - living, dead or fictional.

Why be a lawyer? A speech by the Victorian Chief Justice Marilyn Warren AC.