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U.S. Lawyer Population Dwarfs China's

When it comes to national population, China, with its 1.25 billion residents easily beats the United States, whose population of 305,512,549 is one-third the size.  But if you count lawyers, there's hardly a contest: The United States outranks China 7-to-1, with roughly 1 million lawyers to China's 140,000

Even though the Chinese government has signaled that tainted-milk lawsuits are off limits, Chinese lawyers are keeping busy.  From this recent news story:

Lawyers in China have handled a total of nearly 1.2 million criminal cases, 3.24 million civil and commercial cases, nearly 170,000 administrative proceedings and approximately 2.45 million non-litigation cases in the last three years, said Yu Ning, president of All China Lawyers Association.

With U.S. law firms downsizing, it's unfortunate that it's not easier for lawyers here to relocate to China, where a demand for lawyers remains. (Of course, language barriers and stringent bar requirements complicate that kind of career path.)  Still, if you're interested in learning more about finding a legal position in China, check out this post (it's about a year old, but the advice remains sound) and related links from China Law Blog.

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on October 27, 2008 at 12:00 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)


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