The myth of the American Lawyer

The average person in the United States believes that a typical attorney makes a high six-figure salary and lives in the lap of luxury. While this perception may trace its roots back to the era of the


Jim Thomas

April 22, 2010 - 3:20am

Looks like the graduating attorneys need to be looking into working at these new law schools!



February 19, 2010 - 8:45pm

It may be recalled that in our country also, lawyers appeared to be an 'affluent class' playing a leading role in society -- whether in politics,business,religion or other social or cultural fields. Those were the days when the 'landed gentry' -- 'zamindars', 'mirasdars' and so forth -- entered the legal profession and they had big houses and other forms of property,mostly inherited,to show off,but some did well enough in the profession also to make more. Nowadays, as we know, 'all and sundry', who can afford a legal education, whether with parental support or on their own with 'student loans', at present, enter the legal profession and after becoming lawyers by passing examinations with 'bazaar notes', they struggle to make ends meet and repay the loans they have taken because there are very few 'takers' (read clients) for young lawyers in our country. It takes a long period of 'incubation' under senior lawyers for them to venture out on their own and make good in the profession, may be around their middle age, when they have become bald, if they stick to the profession at all and not opt out for one or the other career choices -- academic, business, government and so on -- as may be open to them. In the meanwhile, if they were to marry and beget children also, before they were well on their own, woe unto them. Economic stringency is the reason why late marriages are common among lawyers. Some poor fellows need 'welfare fund' collected by the State Bar Councils for their sustenance in old age. But all that is projected by the public media is the 'glitter and glamour' of belonging to a 'noble profession'. 'Noble', blah!


Joy Bharat Saikia

February 9, 2010 - 5:43pm

Legal profession was bad, is bad and will be bad for fortune seekers. Only one percent lawyers are very affluent and ten percent earn a living and next ten percent have money from other business or inheritance. About eighty percent lawyers are struggling and a fraction of them have practically no income from practice. It is a field where a dedicated lawyer dares in spite of all odds.



January 31, 2010 - 3:50am

If that makes the lawyers in India feel better then its great!



January 30, 2010 - 12:36pm

I second your thoughts, Shubhi. Well explained with necessary stats. it becomes more evident if we consider the increase of US and UK lawyers in middle eastern countries like Oman and Abu Dhabhi.

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