The National Law Journal
April 22, 2013
6. April 22, 2013 12:22 PM
So $150,000 worth of debt acquired and now you must work for free for at least 50 hours. I thought indentured servitude would be looked down upon by the legal profession, clearly I am wrong. Maybe in a few years when there is still an access to justice issue they will multiple it by 5 again, 250 hours of pro bono. Then 5 years after that 1250 hours. The problem isn't the hours of pro bono work being done, its that lawyers charge too much. If they lowered their prices significantly and advertised this price lowering their wouldn't be an access to justice issue. The lawyers business would suffer either because the volume increase would make up for the decrease in prices, dependent of course on effective management as well. The only real benefit this might bring is that Law School will seek to increase/expand the externship progams they offer.
7. April 20, 2013 02:55 PM
The pro bono work for new lawyers is a plus on many sides. With a different ethical take, do you suppose that could also be applied to those who are already practicing? A small amount of time each year or two would go light years to improving the profession's public image.