Lawyers get a bad reputation. I'm not living under a rock, I know these things too. Do I do some personal injury work? Yes. Do I do the occasional DUI? Yes. Do I help people get divorces? Yes. Do I get the morbid job of helping people plan for what will happen when they die? Yes.
Do I love my work? Yes.
I know what I'm getting into in this profession
(I'm sure I don't even know the half of it, but I have a good idea at least)
Think about it this way, in criminal work, your job is to make sure everyone gets a fair chance. People that drink and drive make me absolutely sick. If I could change the law, people that get DUI's should be taken out back and pushed in a well. However, you're making sure they get a fair trial, and that you are using the law in the proper fashion to do those things.
Am I helping couples split up? Procedurally, Yes. I'm not going to argue the "well if they didn't come to me, they would just go to someone else". I get to try to make people that are in very irrational states, act like a rational human being, often for the sake of their children.
In personal injury, yes, I am making a profit off of someone's unfortunate injury. However, I'm trying to help them walk through a system of procedures in order to help recovery monetarily for their loss. If I ever start doing it for a reason other than compassion for the client, I hope I quit.
Writing a will is just plain intriguing to me. Think of all the creative ways you could leave your worldly possessions. I'm helping these people make sure their loved ones get what the client wants, and in a tax efficient manner. I'm helping grandparents leave something to their beloved infant grandchild, and parents set up checks and balances for their kids that may not know how to save for their future without their parents.
I also get to help people run businesses, help siblings through the hard time of losing a parent, make sure grandparents can be guardians of their grandchildren in a time of crises, and walk the average joe through buying his first piece of commercial real estate.
I love what I do, and I hope that when I become a lawyer I'll love what I'm doing even more.