Lawyers are people who practice law. In most countries, lawyers enter their profession through a period of specialized study. Lawyers are a frequent target of criticism, in part because they are often the public face of unscrupulous parties such as persons being tried for crimes, because they employ a specialized jargon which makes it difficult for persons without a legal education to receive the benefits of the legal system without hiring a lawyer, and because they make up a disproportionate percentage of politicians.
- LAWYER: A professional advocate hired to bend the law on behalf of a paying client; for this reason considered the most suitable background for entry into politics.
- Rick Bayan, The Cynic's Dictionary
- A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer.
- Dick: The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.
Cade: Nay, that I mean to do.
- William Shakespeare, Henry the Sixth, Part II
- He who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client.
- About half the practice of a decent lawyer consists in telling would-be clients that they are damned fools and should stop.
- Elihu Root, quoted in Martin Mayer, The Lawyers (1967).
- When there are too many policemen, there can be no liberty.
When there are too many soldiers, there can be no peace.
When there are too many lawyers, there can be no justice.
- Lin Yutang (1895-1976), Chinese-American writer, translator, and editor.
- A common and not necessarily apocryphal example portrays a solo practitioner starved for business in a small town. A second lawyer then arrives, and they both prosper.
- Deborah L. Rhode, In the Interests of Justice: Reforming the Legal Profession, Oxford US
- Lawyers are like nuclear missiles: I have mine, you have yours, and when we use them we fuck everything up.
- Other People's Money
- We have the heaviest concentration of lawyers on Earth—one for every five-hundred Americans; three times as many as are in England, four times as many as are in West Germany, twenty-one times as many as there are in Japan. We have more litigation, but I am not sure that we have more justice. No resources of talent and training in our own society, even including the medical care, is more wastefully or unfairly distributed than legal skills. Ninety percent of our lawyers serve 10 percent of our people. We are over-lawyered and under-represented.
- Jimmy Carter, Remarks at the 100th Anniversary Luncheon of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, May 4th, 1978.
- Does America really need 70 percent of the world's lawyers?
- Dan Quayle, Vice President of the United States, and a lawyer
- Lawyers earn a living by the sweat of their browbeating.
- An incompetent attorney can delay a trial for years or months. A competent attorney can delay one even longer.
- Whom does any body trust so implicitly as he trusts his own attorney? And yet is it not the case that the body of attorneys is supposed to be the most roguish body in existence?
- Anthony Trollope, Miss Mackenzie (1865).
- Lawyers have been known to wrest from reluctant juries triumphant verdicts of acquittal for their clients, even when those clients, as often happens, were clearly and unmistakably innocent.