Well Yah! Why wouldn’t we. If we apply the axiom; “Build it and they will come”, we can say if you graduate enough lawyers, their “world” will find a way for them to be absolutely necessary to define,divide,detain,and distribute stuff.
Recent accounts show ratios of attorneys to populations as follows;
United States 1/265 persons
Canada !/450 persons
France 1/1400 persons
Japan 1/4500 persons
Singapore 3,000/ 5.8 Million people
Washington D.C. 1/12 persons. What a surprise!
And, amazingly (God’s chosen, Israel) 585/ per 10K.
Government and our legal system have leveled upon us such bureaucracy and oppressive regulation, protracted time tables, and obscure revisionism of good laws, so that things could hardly be settled out of court – even uncontested issues. We have a mindset of contentiousness in our culture.
It is not clear why some cultures have a better handle on this problem, but it is apparent that some do. If we build a legal industry, people can be forced to use “the system”, rather than deal as brothers and sisters to their mutual satisfaction: The more that resources are protected by agreement without litigation.
I went to Law School, received a B.S. and beyond and I quit before securing an LLB. I have searched for reasons beyond economic ( I was married and running out of money). I find my distaste for the whole process was born out of the contentious nature of it all, and the lack of interest in human compromise.
Could it be possible to go back to the words of Paul in Corinthians where he observes; ” If then you have such cases of everyday life to decide, why do you appoint (as judges to lay them before) those who (from the standpoint) of the church count for least and are without standing?” Or, “Why, the very fact of your having lawsuits with one another at all is a defect ( a defeat, an evidence of moral loss for you), Why not rather suffer wrong and be deprived of what is your due? Why not better be cheated?”.
Certainly this is a turn the other cheek stance, but it suggests that we seek other mediators, such as God and His witnesses in the matter. Certainly others in the faith can give wise counsel if all will listen. There are many efforts being made now to make it easier for us to prepare “legal” documents and agreements by and for ourselves.
I believe it is lack of judgement or intense emotionalism that brings us to bring disagreements to a fight. Someone said when you find yourself in a hole, quit digging. While a legal mind is always there to hand you a shovel, we need to climb out before we are buried in dirt.
- Preparing for Bankruptcy: Choosing the Right Lawyer (epicafinance.com)