Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Explosive Growth in U.S. Lawyer Population Far Outpaces General Population This Past Decade
Oversaturated Legal Market Became Even More Glutted: On September 28, 2015, the Wall Street Journal Law Blog featured a Jacob Gershman entry labeled “Texas Sees Boom in Lawyer Population.” Take a look at this opening:
“The number of attorneys in Texas grew by nearly 20,000 over the last decade, outpacing growth in the state’s general population, according to a report by the State Bar of Texas.
Between 2004 and 2014, Texas’s active attorney population grew by 28%, from 67,764 to 86,494. The number of Texans increased by 20% in that time.
There were 20,378 attorneys in the Dallas-Forth Worth area in 2004. In 2014, the number was 26,364, a jump of 29%. In the Midland metropolitan area in western Texas, the attorney population nearly doubled.
The state bar estimates there’s now one Texas attorney for every 312 Texans. In Dallas County the ratio is one attorney per 157 people.
“It’s much more competitive in Dallas than it has ever been in the 42 years I’ve been here,” criminal defense attorney Bill Knox told the Dallas Morning News, which wrote about the lawyer boom.” [Emphasis mine]
Do you still like your odds, lemmings?!?! One lawyer for every 157 people, i.e. 1:157, in Dallas County. This includes infants, toddlers and children. The number of kids who will require the services of a legal practitioner is miniscule. Child actors, underage Olympic athletes, and 16 year old baseball free agents from the Dominican Republic do not comprise a large segment of society.
Furthermore, MANY adults will never need legal representation. Those who do will typically use a lawyer once or twice, in their lifetimes. Pretty much every single damn contract is boilerplate, and consumers, renters and employees do not have the option of negotiating better terms.
Other Coverage: On September 29, 2015, the ABA Journal published a Debra Cassens Weiss piece, which was entitled “Which states had the greatest growth in lawyer population?” Here is the entire text:
“Is Texas’ 28 percent growth in lawyer population over the last decade all that unusual?
Stories in the Wall Street Journal Law Blog and the Dallas Morning News reported on the number, which represents the growth in the active lawyer population from 2004 to 2014. That compares to a 20 percent increase in the state’s general population over the same time period.
But ABA figures (PDF) show the state’s growth in lawyer population is outpaced by 10 other states. Overall, lawyer population grew 17.7 percent in the last decade.
The ABA chart generally measures the population of both active and resident lawyers as of Dec. 31, 2014. It shows the 10-year growth in Texas lawyer population was 24.6 percent, below that of Florida (53.3 percent), Utah (46.1 percent), North Carolina (33.7 percent), Arizona (30.6 percent), North Dakota (27.9 percent), Tennessee (27.8 percent), Wyoming (27.6 percent), Pennsylvania (27.4 percent, though a shift in the reporting agency yielded more accurate numbers), Georgia (25.7 percent), and Delaware ( 25.4 percent).
In some states, the percentage growth appears large, but the actual number of lawyers in the state is small. There were 2,921 lawyers in Delaware at the close of 2014; 1,665 lawyers in North Dakota; 8,413 in Utah; and 1,778 in Wyoming.
Statistics at the Law School Tuition Bubble look at the number of active and resident lawyers at the beginning of 2014, compared to the state’s population. Topping the list is Washington, D.C., which has 788.1 lawyers per 10,000 residents, followed by New York (86 per 10,000) and Massachusetts (65.6 per 10,000).” [Emphasis mine]
Anyone with an IQ above room temperature can see that this gutter “profession” is GLUTTED. Do you still want to sign on the dotted line, Dumbass?!?! By the way, I love how the author tries to mitigate the message by noting that some of the states which experienced HUGE INCREASES in the number of licensed attorneys also feature smaller overall populations. The fact remains that people seeking to enter the field in those states will find it much more difficult to accomplish that goal. For $ome rea$on, the “educators” gloss over this situation. Then again, they don’t give a damn about their students and recent grads.
Conclusion: The law school pigs have produced FAR TOO MANY graduates – each year – for several decades. This has directly resulted in a GLUT of lawyers. Keep in mind that these figures include desperate-ass solo practitioners and broke bastards who are making weak salaries. It also takes those who have passed the bar but never represented a paying client into account. I have seen licensed attorneys take on entire cases – from beginning to final disposition – for the princely sum of $400.
If you ignore these facts and enroll in law school, then you have no one to blame but yourself when you end up owing $189,657.83 in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt for a worthless TTTT degree. No one will bail you out either, mental midget. You do not represent large business/corporate interests or important trade associations. To the cockroaches in Congre$$, you are merely a member of an expendable class of young people. You are on your own, idiots.
Posted by Nando at 4:37 AM