Lawyers are very much creatures of habit. Once they get used to doing things a certain way, or working with certain people, doing anything to change that is nearly impossible.
They can also NEVER stop being lawyers. Ever. Example: A mid-level associate sold his house, moved overseas and is pursuing a non-law career in a foreign country, yet I'm STILL getting e-mails from him about how to manage cases. Noone in the firm's management will clarify his exact employment status, so I can't even tell him to piss off. Which I very much want to. I never liked him anyway.
Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of good lawyers to work for. Probably 9 out of 10 at my current firm are decent people to work for, but it's the other 1 out of 10 that seem to make everyone's life miserable. When a lawyer is a bad person, it somehow seems to be magnified much more so than with any other profession. Except maybe pro athletes, but I don't know any of them on a personal basis.