How Many Lawyers Is Too Many?
6 Pages Posted: 21 Nov 2014
Date Written: November 1, 2014
How many lawyers does a society need? Singapore has just under one lawyer for every thousand people. Hong Kong has a little more than one per thousand. In London the equivalent number is two-and-a-half; in New York City it is more than eight. This short article discusses the supply and demand for legal services in absolute terms, as well as in specific areas — such as family law and criminal defence — that are less important to the economy but vital for access to justice.
Keywords: lawyers, access to justice, law and development
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