The legal profession has long been rife with barriers, but there’s one key factor that lawyers can and should be wary of: low-income lawyers.
The legal profession is an extremely competitive field, and as such, lawyers have to take into account many factors in order to be successful.
One of the factors that needs to be considered is the availability of lawyers from low- to high-income backgrounds, a fact that many of us don’t know when we’re considering a lawyer for a divorce.
As a result, many lawyers have a hard time finding a good lawyer for their needs.
According to a new study conducted by legal research firm Clements, lawyers from the lowest income groups are just as likely to have low expectations for their legal work, which can lead to an even worse job search.
In the study, Clements surveyed nearly 600 lawyers across nine US states and found that lawyers from high- to low- income backgrounds were significantly less likely to be offered the legal position they were applying for.
“We found that in nearly every case, a lawyer with a low income was twice as likely as a lawyer who is from an income range that is below the poverty line to be called for a trial,” the firm’s Chief Legal Officer, Andrew D’Arcy, said in a statement.
“This could have a negative impact on the quality of lawyers who are considered.”
The findings also suggest that lawyers with low-to-middle-income income are even less likely than those from the highest-income groups to get an offer.
“It is likely that the most common reason for this is a low bar to the bar of representation, or that lawyers are less inclined to accept offers from those with low incomes,” D’arcy said.
“The low bar can also be the result of a lack of familiarity with the field, or a reluctance to pursue a case for fear of losing a client.”
D’Arry also noted that the lack of representation in a divorce case can be especially difficult to overcome, as a judge is generally the only person who can review the case.
“The fact that low- and middle-income attorneys are often called for cases with limited resources can also have an adverse impact on a case’s overall outcome,” he said.
“A court system with a limited amount of resources may be more likely to hire a lawyer that is not experienced in the field.”
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