Rarely do law schools challenge students to examine their assumptions about what being a lawyer really means. Seldom do law schools undertake a probing examination of the role that lawyers play in society and the choices that lawyers have to make in terms of how they spend their working lives. For example, how many of you have a clue about the basic facts of our profession? How many lawyers there are in the United States? What do they do? What percentage work for the government? For large law firms? For small firms? For legal services organizations? For public interest groups? The percentage of lawyers who represent corporations? The percentage who represent individuals? The percentage who represent the poor?
10 Kan. J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 351-368 (2000)
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Vladeck, David C., "Hard Choices: Thoughts for New Lawyers" (2000). Georgetown Law Faculty Publications and Other Works. Paper 272.