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Are There Too Many Lawyers? (Video Interview)

Professor of Law, The John Marshall Law School, Chicago

Professor Mark Wojcik from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago answers the question, “Are there too many lawyers?”



When you’re in law school people will tell you, “Why are you going to law school? There’s too many lawyers.” They say, “You know, you’re not contributing anything to society.” They think about litigation. They think about frivolous lawsuits. But if you think about the people that actually put society together, the people who are architects of society. They’re often lawyers.

People who are in business, they need people to protect their copyrights, their trade practices, to write their employment manuals, to do all kinds of things that are essential to business, that keep the economy working.

It’s not just the business community, there’s also the human rights and people who are just dealing with day-to-day legal problems. For example, if you went to an immigration office anywhere in the country and you went somebody in line and said, “Are there too many lawyers?” They will say, “How do I find a lawyer? Please, help me with my case. I don’t know how to find a lawyer.”

It’s not that there are too many lawyers. It’s just that there are too many lawyers trying to do this very narrow, highly paid kind of thing when there are so many legal issues and so many legal needs … that people have every day. I don’t think there’s too many lawyers. I think there are lawyers that need to serve more day-to-day legal issues for people and for corporations and for just the things that make life worth living.



About the Author

Mark E. Wojcik is a Professor of Law at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. He has taught and lectured in 11 foreign countries, including the University of Lucerne Faculty of Law in Switzerland and Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey in Mexico. He holds leadership roles in numerous legal organizations and associations. The Chicago Bar Foundation presented him with awards for outstanding service to the legal profession and for pro bono service. He is the author and co-author of numerous law review articles, book chapters, and books, including the first casebook on AIDS Law, the first legal writing text for non-native speakers of English, and Illinois Legal Research. In law school, Mark Wojcik was an editor on The John Marshall Law Review and a competitor in international law moot court competitions. After graduation, he clerked for judges on the Nebraska Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of International Trade. He practiced customs and international trade law in New York and served as court counsel for the Supreme Court of the Republic of Palau.

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