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Why are there so many attorneys in Boston?

Bridge Team Member

Need a lawyer in the Boston area? Well, you're in the right place, because Beantown is chock full of them. It might seem obvious that a city like Boston would be a hot-spot for legal professionals, but did you know that the state of Massachusetts has the 4th highest number of lawyers per capita (following DC, New York, and Delaware)? There are a lot of attorneys in this area and law is pretty important to Boston; would The Practice and Boston Legal have existed without this history? Probably not.

The state of Massachusetts has nine law schools, five of which are in the Boston/Cambridge area. This means that when students graduate from Harvard, Northeastern, Boston University, Boston College or any other area law school, it makes a lot of sense to start the job search in Boston. There's no real legal district in Boston though. Here's a map of the legal offices in the Boston area; note that they're everywhere.

So what does that mean for you, the client who is looking for a lawyer? It means that Boston is full of choices and more importantly, specialties. You wouldn't pick a heart surgeon to cut you up without looking at several doctors, and you should take the same care in looking for a lawyer. Boston is the land of legal opportunity, and like we mentioned before, you should take the time to find the right lawyer for you; good thing you've got a lot to choose from.

The other advantage to having a huge pool of lawyers to pick from is that everyone comes with their own specialties. Whether you're looking for someone who concentrates on environmental, divorce, medical malpractice or any other issue, you'll be able to find what you need in Boston. All lawyers-to-be must pass the same general bar exam to practice, but this doesn't mean that all lawyers are the same. Put it this way, not all doctors are the same. You wouldn't go to a podiatrist to talk about migraine headaches. You want to check out someone who works with exactly your issue. A small town might have a few local lawyers, but do any of them specialize in mesothelioma? How about truck accidents or trademarks? There's enough variety and specialty in Boston to cover well, anything you're looking for.

So whether you've worked with lawyers in the past, or you're looking for your first attorney, start your search in Boston. There are hundreds to choose from Ó oh my! This can be daunting; how do you find a needle in a haystack? That's where LexSpot comes in. We're here to organize, prioritize, and demystify the lawyer search process.


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