What Do Clients Want from Their Lawyers?
Clark D. Cunningham
Georgia State University College of Law
October 13, 2009
Georgia State University College of Law, Legal Studies Research Paper Series, No. 2010-04
This working paper assembles empirical data from England, Australia and the United States indicating that individual clients do not evaluate their lawyers - as attorneys frequently assume - primarily in terms of the outcomes achieved. Rather, clients place greater weight on the quality of communication with their lawyers and are often disappointed by failure to listen carefully and explain clearly. The paper concludes with suggestive survey data that organizational clients may have similar views about the large firm lawyers that represent them. The author is the director of the Effective Lawyer-Client Communication Project and the National Institute for Teaching Ethics & Professionalism. The paper is based on a number of presentations in both the United Kingdom and the USA, most recently at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Law & Society Association.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 10
Keywords: ethics, legal profession, empirical studies, lawyer-client communication, attorney-client communication, attorney-client relationship
JEL Classification: K10, K40, K49
Date posted: November 16, 2009 ; Last revised: February 2, 2010