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Why People Hate Lawyers – Just Read Their Blogs!

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This is part of Darren Rowse’s group writing project on reviews and predictions. Be sure to check out the other submissions!

People hate lawyers

Yep, most people hate lawyers. I’ll be one (a lawyer, not a person) in a few months. I can admit that people hate the profession I’m entering.

The reasons for not liking lawyers are probably endless. As are the lawyer jokes. Thus, I’m not going to detail those.

My purpose here is to highlight some features of legal blogs that illustrate some of those reasons. Since legal blogs have really taken off in 2006, this year end review seems appropriate. Maybe it will spur some change in 2007.

They’re boring!

If you’re having trouble going to sleep, head on over to Blawg Search and read a couple legal blogs. You’ll be sound asleep in no time. It’s almost like enrolling in an online school and taking the most boring classes you can find.

Some of these blogs have no pictures, no graphics, very few colors, poor design. You get the point. Boring content and no eye candy makes Andrew bored. Nobody likes to read a boring blog OR to be with a boring person.

Confusion abounds

Have you ever heard the term “blawg”? It’s something that lawyers made up to describe their “law blogs.” Why do we need our own term?! Can’t we just have blogs like everyone else?!

Here’s why: lawyers have to justify their existence. To ensure we continue as a profession, we make up terms, write confusing contracts, and create havoc with the laws. Then people have to pay US to unravel the confusion. It’s a great scam!

Ivory Tower

They’re made of ivory

Aside from general confusion, legal blogs tend to have a certain tone about them. It goes beyond the stiff collar feeling that some academic blogs have. It’s downright “I’m better than you because I’m a lawyer.”

Since when does the ivory tower of law school belong in the blogosphere? Or, as law bloggers like to call it, the blawgopshere. Most people aren’t going to like you if you take on a “I’m superior” tone. Blogs are all about getting everyone involved, and that doesn’t happen when one person is encased in ivory.

No social interaction

Finally, some legal bloggers have ignored a fundamental premise of blogs: interaction. A regular website is primarily one-way communication. The webmaster publishes content for other people to digest.

But blogs are about conversation, interaction, and community. We all have our little podium, but we share it with other people too. We encourage discourse and debate. We put our heads together to think big thoughts. We blog together.

Many lawyers don’t get this in the blogosphere or in everyday life. They don’t enable comments on their blogs. They don’t use trackbacks. Some legal blogs don’t even have contact email addresses to get in touch with the owner. Heaven forbid they actually comment on someone else’s blog.

Similarly, many lawyers eat in their private dining clubs. They hang out in little groups of fellow lawyers. They don’t network with people outside their profession, and especially not outside their class within society.

Do you hate lawyers?

Those are my observations from this year of blogging. They don’t apply to all legal bloggers, but they apply to many. Hopefully I’ve broken out of the mold.

What are your thoughts? Do you have a disdain or dislike for lawyers? What constructive criticism can you provide? Please leave a comment or drop me a line.

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74 Responses to “Why People Hate Lawyers – Just Read Their Blogs!”

  1. Group Writing Project - Day 1
    December 19th, 2006

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  2. Mama Duck
    December 19th, 2006

    No, I don’t hate lawyers, but I don’t generally read their blogs either – it isn’t that I don’t necessarily have an interest, but that it is often so boring and dry, indeed. We also participated in this project, stop on by if you get a chance!

  3. Andrew Flusche
    December 19th, 2006

    I completely agree with you about the boring & dry legal blogs out there. I’m hoping to spur some change on that front.

    I love your post!

  4. Jennifer Lynn
    December 19th, 2006

    haha, great stuff. Thank you for the wonderful tongue-in-cheek post. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this at work, it helped bring a little colour to my morning :)

  5. Andrew Flusche
    December 19th, 2006


    I’m glad you liked the post. It’s always nice to know I helped brighten someone’s morning.

    I like the writing you’ve got over at your blog. Great work!


  6. Ashish Mohta
    December 19th, 2006

    I wont say i hate them but sometimes they do just for money

  7. Rashenbo
    December 20th, 2006

    Heheheh, congratulations on your upcoming lawdom. I’ve heard the term “blawg” and meh, I think it’s stupid – but that’s just me… I’m known to be opinionated. I’ve had some good friends that were lawyers… one was an international attorney… He was so level headed and his communications were pleasant and informative… THEN, I worked with an employment attorney… OMG what a slime ball… we got into a huge lawsuit over ownership rights and sexual harassment he told me to “really consider the question” when I asked him what I should say when opposing counsel asked me if I thought my boss was a liar…. you don’t even want to know what his advice to me was.

  8. Andrew Flusche
    December 20th, 2006

    @Ashish – I completely agree about the money issue. Personally, I think it’s hard to justify giving an attorney hundreds of dollars per hour. That just seems problematic.

    @Rashenbo – Actually, I’m kind-of curious what the employment lawyer told you to say. From your tone, it sounds like he encouraged you to lie. In my non-lawyer opinion, that violates the ethical rules of conduct; if he told you to lie, he should be reported (you can call the governing bar association) and disciplined. This is assuming he’s in the U.S. I’m glad the international lawyer was a good guy, though.

    Thanks for commenting!

  9. Rashenbo
    December 20th, 2006

    Hehehe, ok this is how the conversation went down… this was about 5 hours into the first day of my “preparation”.

    SL = “stinky lawyer” ME = ME Mr. Poopypants = crappy boss/plaintiff

    SL: “Now they are going to bring up a bunch of dirt on Mr. Poopypants.”
    ME: “Well, other employees have been asked if they think Mr. Poopypants is a liar. What do I say… because he is.”
    SL: “Well…” As he leans back in his chair, “Let’s look at the word… liar… it almost sounds like he maliciously intended to impart misinformation to hurt another.”
    ME: “um….”
    SL: “Do you think he was maliciously trying to hurt people.”
    ME: *thinking, oh yeah the a**hole, but I don’t want to get reamed* “um… no, I guess not.”
    SL: “It also doesn’t count if he thought what he said was true at the time and only later found out he was wrong. Did that happen?”
    ME: “Well… yeah.”
    *blah, blah, blah go around in circles a few times*
    SL: “I don’t want you to lie. I want you to tell the truth. But, some things can be interpreted differently. I want you to be comfortable.”
    *blah, blah, blah, blah, blah*

    The defendent’s attorney did file some charges against Mr. Poopypant’s attorneys.

  10. Andrew Flusche
    December 20th, 2006

    Hahaha. It sounds like the lawyer was dancing around the ethical line, in my non-lawyer opinion. But at the same time, if you thought he was lying, you could say that and be telling the truth. The lawyer can cross-examine you and try to get at some of the questions above, but then the judge/jury will hear it and see what he’s doing.

    You shouldn’t be afraid of telling the truth. If you get fired, that’s retaliation, and another fun lawsuit. :)

  11. Rashenbo
    December 20th, 2006

    Oh, Mr. Poopypants would never fire anyone. He would just play mental mind games to “teach them a lesson”. My coworker had already been informed how she had botched her deposition and by her deposition alone cost the company $100,000 but “it was ok, he was going to help her learn how to be a professional.”

    And then he went on to tell her how Martin Luther King day was a silly holiday because he did nothing for African Americans and that African Americans don’t actually succeed at anything and they don’t go anywhere in the executive world – my coworker was caucasian – but her husband is an African American professional basketball player.

    I quit, contacted the defendant’s attorney and just let loose. :)

    Did I mention I kept a journal of periodic entries over the course of a year noting all the asinine things he said and did? :)

  12. Andrew Flusche
    December 20th, 2006

    It sounds like you did the right thing by getting out of there. I wouldn’t have lasted a day. :)

  13. Mary
    December 21st, 2006

    Ahah, I hope you are a proud member of the Blog Mob, because we need to hire attorneys like you!
    please don’t sue me.
    I predict…
    that once you go in practice, your lips will be ‘zipped’ for fear of malpractice suits.

    Prove me wrong!

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  15. Geoff Young
    December 21st, 2006

    Good stuff, Andrew. I don’t deal much with lawyers (for which I’m grateful), so I’m afraid I can’t provide much in the way of constructive criticism. Anyway, at least now I know what to do when I’m having trouble falling asleep. ;-)

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  17. Rob Schaumer
    December 22nd, 2006

    Some of my best friends are lawyers. I think the stigma is more against defence criminal lawyers.

    I think you are breaking the mold.

    Rob Schaumer (Fellow Group Poster0

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    December 22nd, 2006

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  21. [...] Problogger has posted the entire list of submissions for the Reviews and Previews group writing project, and I figured I’d go through all two hundred and ninety-three of them and pick my favorite ones. I hope it provides some interesting reading. These are in no particular order, and I’m going to list all of my favorite ones, instead of narrowing it down to ten or whatever number. Andrew tells us that lawyer blogs contribute to the list of reasons people have to hate lawyers. Sarakastic has an interesting take on Time’s person of the year for this year. Domtan has some very practical New Year’s resolutions for bloggers. Ken sees more monetization in store for blogs and other user-generated content, and expresses some misgivings. Definitely something to ponder. TJP goes through several stupid ways to lose money, and provides accompanying advice. Engtech has a very good post on how to be a not-so-successful blogger. Daniel lists a ton of blogging tips. Another Andrew has a really good post on some internet marketing reality checks. Yoav gives us a list of blogging tools he says we’ll find useful in 2007. And that ends the list. I’ve enjoyed participating in this particular group writing project, and plan to participate in others in future. Everybody enjoy reading. Filed in Technology [...]

  22. Andrew Flusche
    December 22nd, 2006

    @Mary – I take this as a personal challenge now. My lips will NEVER be “zipped.” :) By the way, I love your blog!

    @Geoff – I’m glad I can provide tips to help cure your insomnia. Some recorded law school lectures would help too.

    @Rob – I truly did not mean this as a personal affront to anyone. I obviously have some good lawyer friends as well. You’re right that certain groups of lawyers have the stigma attached. I think some personal injury lawyers fit in there too.

    Thanks for commenting! Feel free to stop by any time!

  23. Somu
    December 22nd, 2006

    nice title. Enjoyed the content.

  24. [...] Why People Hate Lawyers – Just Read Their Blogs! (Legal Andrew). I’m always a sucker for the tongue-in-cheek post. This is a good one. [...]

  25. Andrew Flusche
    December 22nd, 2006

    @Somu – I’m glad you liked the article. Thanks a ton for stopping by!

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  32. cjcm
    December 23rd, 2006

    I hate my house’s sales and purchase lawyer because they cost too much for just filling the template and sign the document :)

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  34. Andrew Flusche
    December 23rd, 2006


    I completely understand. Lawyers can cost a ton.

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  35. Joerg Weisner
    December 23rd, 2006

    Hi Andrew,

    just read your post – really well written.
    You are definitely right on most lawyers blogs, but read http://www.lawblog.de, written by the German lawyer Vetter, just the opposite.

    I posted a link to Your Post on my blog and translated my own post for the group writing project to English. So, just in case, You would like to visit the blog – You are welcome.

    Merry Christmas and a happy new year,
    best wishes form Germany


  36. [...] Why People Hate Lawyers – Just Read their Blogs! Andrew, selbst angehender Jurist beschreibt, warum die meisten Juristen (und ihre Blogs) sterbens langweilig sind. Ich habe ihm empfohlen, sich das law blog anzusehen. [...]

  37. Andrew Flusche
    December 23rd, 2006


    Thanks for reading and commenting. I checked out Vetter’s blog, but unfortunately I never learned German. Maybe I can try an online translation service to digest some of it.

    Even with the language barrier, I can see the nice design of Vitter’s blog. And it looks like he gets a good number of comments.

    Thanks for the link on your blog. My new goal: try to get non-English speakers involved here. Could be difficult.

    Happy Holidays,

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  39. [...] Why People Hate Lawyers – Just Read their Blogs! Andrew, selbst angehender Jurist beschreibt, warum die meisten Juristen (und ihre Blogs) sterbens langweilig sind. Ich habe ihm empfohlen, sich das law blog anzusehen. [...]

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  44. Bob
    June 25th, 2007

    Here’s a link to an article that explains some of the reasons why people hate lawyers. Feel free to leave comments at the bottom of the article page – especially those who are in the legal profession who would like to respond to these claims.


  45. Rich
    July 13th, 2007

    Hi Andrew, I previously contacted you about your site and you strike me as a very decent, down to earth guy. Proof positive that not all lawyers and future lawyers like yourself are evil and unscrupulous. I imagine you’ve heard every lawyer joke in existence, eh? Anyway I wish you well in your future endeavors in the legal profession and am confident that you will not be called an ambulance chaser and a shyster. I know you won’t, Andrew. If more decent, down to earth folks like yourself enter the legal profession, the perception of lawyers will undergo a rather positive transformation.

  46. Andrew Flusche
    July 16th, 2007


    You flatter me with your kind comments. I really appreciate your confidence in me.

    Thanks for the great comment,

  47. FacingTheSharks
    July 16th, 2007

    Andrew, would you believe Bloglines is just now delivering this post to me? So, I’m late and it’s an old post…

    I don’t despise lawyers. Every profession has its bad apples. They are boring for some reason, but are they that way because their minds are filled with laws and cases that would otherwise be boring to people who don’t share their same interests?

    Are lawyers boring to other lawyers? I was sitting in court listening to the defendant’s lawyers chit chat, and it was very boring.

    What I dislike most about lawyers is their billing rates. They horde knowledge and write confusing documents on purpose, so they can be the only ones to decipher the documents, then they charge an arm and a leg to hire them to decipher the documents.

    I think a law should be passed so ALL documents, laws and court procedings have to be done in non-lawyer terms so a common person can defend themselves without having to hire a lawyer.

  48. Andrew Flusche
    July 19th, 2007


    It is really weird that Bloglines just now delivered this post. Bizarre.

    Billing rates are definitely atrocious these days. It’s amazing to me that Big Law gets away with charging $400 per hour or more. Nuts!!

  49. FacingTheSharks
    July 19th, 2007

    They get away with charging $400/hr because there are people out there who will pay it. That’s why.

    People boycott everything else. I wonder why no one boycotts lawyers. Maybe the rates would go down, but as long as people are willing to pay their price, they’re going to charge it.

  50. Ralph DeMattia
    July 26th, 2007

    I can think of soemthing I’d like to do to all really crooked lawyers like Ron Luby, F. Lee Bailey, and William Kuntsler (May he rot in hell for a thousend eternities),and that legal slut, Gloria Allred; and that is (having a surgeon on hand to make sure they don’t die) to cut off their hands, pull out their tongues, and let them look at you as you have someone gouge out their eyes, knowing it was you that had it done, and now they’ll never be able to tell anyone, yet they’ll always know…… Diabolical, isn’t it!!!!!

  51. Edward28
    August 2nd, 2007

    United we can change the way to contract lawyers. Us like consumers are the right person to evaluate lawyers. All are invited to aboutmylawyer.org.


  52. Eugene Lee
    November 25th, 2007

    Thought-provoking post (and entertaining). I’m a lawyer and I really try not to be condescending, arrogant, pedantic, boring, etc. Andrew, I think you’re mostly talking about the mediocre middle of lawyers. The top lawyers I’ve known and met are anything but boring (although they can be a tad bit arrogant :-) ). Also, I’ve met countless lawyers who do great things for their clients and who win their gratitude. Some of us even get cards and emails from old clients during the holidays!

    I’ve just launched a law blog at http://www.CALaborLaw.com. I’m trying my best to include at least one picture in every post. I 100% agree with you that we live in a visual society and the last thing people want is a wall of text coming straight at them.

    Keep up the interesting posts. But I think everyone gains when we focus less on bashing lawyers (everyone’s favorite pasttime) and instead more on holding up the shining examples of those who care and make a difference in their clients’ lives.

  53. Group Writing Project
    November 27th, 2007

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  54. angry white woman
    October 5th, 2008

    lawyers are just liars and language manipulaters. What was once an honorable profession has become disgusting. We have two types of lawyers…. the first are the legal arrogant egomaniacs who truly believe the lies that they write…….. the second are the scumb sucking bottom feeder who look for any scam to make money…… regardless they have built there own system in which they make the laws , they change the laws and they govern over the laws. The only people worse than the lawyers are the Judges. God forbid an application of common sense could be applied to anything. Oh I forgot common sense is cheap……..

  55. VBA
    November 9th, 2008

    Ну жесть конечно…

  56. vnik
    November 9th, 2008


  57. TY
    November 10th, 2008

    все может быть=))))))

  58. vitobor
    November 10th, 2008

    Красота, особенно первая фотка

  59. Sherl
    November 10th, 2008

    мдяяяя ….. *много думал*….
    автору спасибо за пост !!

  60. RusLanCk
    November 10th, 2008

    “Интересная заметка”

  61. Nightmare
    November 13th, 2008

    “да, новость пошла по инету и распространяется со старшной силой”

  62. Nerd
    November 13th, 2008

    “Мало кто может похвастаться такой смекалкой, как у автора”

  63. Шубович Дмитрий
    November 13th, 2008


  64. Mapa3M
    November 13th, 2008

    Случайно увидел. Не ожидал.

  65. Maxick
    November 14th, 2008


  66. Эдуард
    November 14th, 2008

    мдяяяя ….. *много думал*….
    автору спасибо за пост !!

  67. JEKA
    November 14th, 2008

    тема реально старая

  68. M17
    November 14th, 2008

    ммм)) так клёво))

  69. MikeN
    November 14th, 2008

    Отличная работа!

  70. fog
    November 14th, 2008

    Спасибо огромное!

  71. nirvanius
    November 14th, 2008

    “Спасибо за такой пост”

  72. pakos
    November 14th, 2008

    “Пост хорош”

  73. lamagibra
    September 16th, 2009

    Загляньте на мой мега дор))))

  74. Алёнка
    September 18th, 2009

    Все очень здорово)))

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