Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Running low on lawyers?; Attracting attorneys to Peterborough a tough sell

Here's an interesting article on a subject dear to me: staying away from Big Law:

Posted By GALEN EAGLE

Peterborough Examiner - April 19, 2008


Coming out of law school, local lawyer David O'Neill could have done what most law grads do - move to Toronto.


The big money, the big firms, the big city is attracting a mass exodus of young lawyers from across the province at increasing rates.


Instead, the Peterborough native came home and joined a small firm. "Most of my classmates moved to Toronto," O'Neill said. "There are a lot more opportunities there and higher pays."


At 32, O'Neill is bucking the trend. He represents a minority of young lawyers who have chosen a smaller locale.


With the average age of Ontario's lawyers reaching 50 and most law school graduates heading to the Greater Toronto Area, communities such as Peterborough could be heading toward a lawyer crunch.


It's a tough sell telling people they need more lawyers.



Read the whole article here.

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