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5.0 out of 5 stars The image of laywers has always been terrible..., May 28, 2008
This review is from: A Lawyer Walks Into a Bar... (DVD)
Or so says famous defense attorney Alan Dershowitz in this fascinating documentary.

America now has more than 800,000 lawyers. That's four times the numbers of lawyers in the WHOLE WORLD. And 130,000 more lawyers graduate each year from our law schools. That's just one of the facts in "A Lawyer Walks Into a Bar."

The only downside to this fun and fact-filled documentary is when it focuses on one of the annoyingly whiny "this-is-so-hard" law students who, after being involved in a very minor fender bender, calls her attorney FIRST and expresses her desire to initiate litigation for her "pain and suffering." When she appeared on screen, I wanted to *mute* the tv rather than listen to her self-serving diatribe and inane ramblings.

Fortunately, that was a small part of the overall picture.

The story is focused on law students in Los Angeles and makes the point that law school tuition runs $30,000 to $40,000 per year, leaving these students with few choices but to start making $75,000 a year right off the bat. Those with high ideals and hopes to make America a better place for the poor and needy, really don't have many options, because of the high debts and student loans.

My husband is a trial attorney and when I first met him (thanks to Match.com), I wasn't sure if I wanted to pursue a relationship with a trial attorney. Yeah, he was a better than the vinyl-siding salesman (whom I ditched during the first phone call), but a trial attorney? Yikes. But he made the point (as does Nancy Grace in this film) that when you're under attack in the courtroom, you need a smart-cookie attorney defending you and pleading your case and/or your cause.

It's a good film and it's kind to attorneys and yet, one of the best parts is the "bonus" feature that shows scum-sucking bottom dwellers chasing ambulances in hopes of making a few fast bucks. I recommend this documentary. Very interesting.
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