Too many lawyers, not enough work

“Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it”
― Gautama Buddha

But you know that, surely!

More to the point, why do we (be careful how you describe said ‘we’) need more lawyers?

Because the market demands it?

Because it’s a growing profession?

Because it’s a great profession — private practice I assume?

Because…I don’t really know, and I don’t care.

Trust me, as one of those who went into the profession full of hope and sincerity that I could make a difference — no, really — I quickly worked out that it was a numbers game. Sure, there were a few deserving clients, but in the main, I felt like I’d returned to my sales roots.

Don’t get me wrong, law has a very valuable place in society — more valuable than even it (sometimes) recognises — but I fear that the bubble will eventually burst leaving a cohort of very unhappy and or upset and or depressed people.

My only point is that those entering the profession need to ask some very serious questions about the inner spark that’s generated the desire to ply their (professional) trade. If the spark is no more than a need to play the money/prestige/it-seems-like-a-good-job thing, then I seriously suggest you back up now, before you lay your life to rest on the altar of something that no longer, in my humble opinion, serves the market it once did.