Book DetailAuthor/Editor(s): Deborah L. Rhode
Publication Date: June 1, 2015
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Size: 1.44 MB
Book DescriptionBy any measure, the law as a profession is in serious trouble. Americans' trust in lawyers is at a low, and many members of the profession wish they had chosen a different path. Law schools, with their endlessly rising tuitions, are churning out too many graduates for the jobs available. Yet despite the glut of lawyers, the United States ranks 67th (tied with Uganda) of 97 countries in access to justice and affordability of legal services. The upper echelons of the legal establishment remain heavily white and male. Most problematic of all, the professional organizations that could help remedy these concerns instead jealously protect their prerogatives, stifling necessary innovation and failing to hold practitioners accountable.
Deborah Rhode's The Trouble with Lawyers is a comprehensive account of the challenges facing the American bar. She examines how the problems have affected (and originated within) law schools, firms, and governance institutions like bar associations; the impact on the justice system and access to lawyers for the poor; and the profession's underlying difficulties with diversity. She uncovers the structural problems, from the tyranny of law school rankings and billable hours to the lack of accountability and innovation built into legal governance-all of which do a disservice to lawyers, their clients, and the public.
The Trouble with Lawyers is a clear call to fix a profession that has gone badly off the rails, and a source of innovative responses.
I received a free digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I believe that anyone thinking about applying to Law School seriously needs to read The Trouble with Lawyers before they truly make their decision. Deborah Rhode paints a very dim picture of the legal field, so much so that if every Pre-Law student read this book, there may be no one showing up to take the June LSATs. However, as students, we are given rose colored glasses by our professors and told that everything is fine and we are guaranteed success, even in this economy, when that is just not the truth. The Trouble with Lawyers is the balance that is sorely needed to call out the Elephant in the Room and acknowledge that 2015 is not the same world as 2005. It is filled with statistics and data backed up with proof that talks about the problems faces by lawyers, especially those who are newly entering the field. For years, I was told that being a lawyer is a guarantee to becoming wealthy, and that is no longer the case. As a Jurisprudence student myself, and as a woman, I am really glad to have read this book before I dove into getting myself in even more debt. If it is your life dream to be a lawyer, do not be afraid that this book will change your mind. If you truly want to be a lawyer, do it. Just don't show up to a gun battle with a plastic sword. Reading The Trouble with Lawyers will only prepare you for the worst, should it ever happen. This book is NOT for a casual reader. You will end up staring blankly at the pages, asking yourself why you care. For anyone who is already a lawyer, a lot of what is in this book this may not be news to you, because you're living it. However, it may broaden your perspective to the issues that exist in the field, and could possibly motivate you to try and make a change.
--Shannon Quinn, Amazon Customer Reviews