OPINION: 47 Million Clients, Every Lawyer's Dream

Law360, New York (September 22, 2015, 7:36 PM EDT) -- Every year thousands of students graduate from law school without a job. They have huge loans and often no ability to pay them. According to a 2014 ABA report, 40 percent of law graduates didn’t have full-time, long-term legal jobs 10 months after graduation. That’s a lot of underemployed, educated young people.

With such dismal employment numbers for recent graduates, it’s tempting to think that we need fewer lawyers. It turns out the opposite is true. There’s a huge segment of this country that needs and doesn’t have access to legal counsel — the 47 million Americans who live in poverty....

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