Surf serendipity sent me from Legal Reader‘s blurb yesterday on lawsuits
in China, to other exotic ports of call, and then back to my neighborhood
Underground cafe, where Evan Schaeffer wonders about the optimal size
of lawyer brains. Here’s a quick journal of my trip results:
Civil suits in China increased 7-fold in just two years, while
the number of lawyers in Shanghai grew almost 50%. Maybe we should
The ABA’s survey of Lawyer Population by State shows that
there were 1,084,504 active lawyers in the USA at the close of 2003. The
biggest percentage growth was in Virgin Islands, Utah, and Indiana, while
Vermont, South Carolina, Rhode Island, and Maryland had fewer lawyers in
2003 than in 2002. You can find a lot more lawyer and law school stats
using the ABA Statistical Resources page.
lawyer reduces GDP by $250,000 dollars — but, who’s counting?
As of today, about 47% of attorneys answering Findlaw’s Hindsight
& Careers poll, say they wish they had never taken the Bar exam; and,
don’t tell Carolyn, but almost twice as many wish they had gone to a
BigLaw firm than say they would have chosen a smaller firm.
At U. Ill. U/C, I found an essay asking Are There Too Many Lawyers?, which
was presented by the Pre-Law and Law School Admissions office. If anyone
has a clue what this piece is saying, please let me know. Meanwhile, I was
edified by this nugget of information (emphasis added).
When asked what skills they expected law school graduates to
tbring o a firm, hiring coordinators listed in order:
- oral communication skills
- written communication skills
- legal analytic ability
- library and computer skills
- sensitivity for ethical skills.
Is it any wonder that law firms now need to hire in-house legal counsel, and
that “Lawyers representing lawyers find unique challenges” (see BostonBizJ,
via Legal Reader)
Please don’t forget poor old North Carolina, which is suffering from severe LSD —
law school deprivation syndrome — having, according to some sources, too few lawyers and
too few law schools.
Finally, if he can stand a large dose of bigotry, Evan Schaeffer might want to check out
standardized test results. At the site we learn, among many similar tidbits, that
“The first thing Americans must understand is that, by design, lawyers are STUPID people.
They score lower on the Graduate Record Exam than most of all other majors, scoring
slightly higher than average score for blacks and slightly lower than the average score
or women, but more than 200 points lower than Asian engineering majors.
“Many lawyers are divorced, are paying “child support” and alimony to ex-wives (or
two or three ex-wives) which makes their ability to understand the Holy Bible or draft
a simple agreement, much less understand human nature, highly suspect.”
ethicalEsq and Prof. Yabut no longer feel bad about anything we’ve ever said about lawyers. As
we never took the GRE nor filed for divorce, we are happy not to have made the statistics any
worse than they are.
boom! boom! ka-boom!
so many duds…
heading for where
hunting birds are few…
haiku of Kobayashi ISSA, translated by D.G. Lanoue j.d.