Title

Lawyers or Liars?: The Structure and Culture of 'Bad Lawyers' and the Society the Hates Them

Publication Year

2000

Keywords

Lawyers, perception, society, culture, sociology

Disciplines

Law | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology

Abstract

In this scene from the popular movie Liar, Liar, Fletcher Reed, an attorney, lies to his secretary about every single thing she asks him. Commentary on the legal profession like this is abundant in the status quo. The simple truth is our society hates lawyers. Three people I interviewed, who had never hired lawyers, described the profession: "It's abused," "It's corrupt," and "A mess."

Department 1 Awarding Honors Status

Sociology and Anthropology

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