“You don’t think it would be a conflict of interest for you to give out this information? I mean, your reputation is on the line. If you rate lawyers five stars and they go around cheating people, your reputation could suffer. Or if you rate them four stars and they do something that causes me problems with my case, maybe I won’t want to hire them after all. What about ethical considerations? Maybe someday when there aren’t enough attorneys in the world, we can look back at these ratings and see who was good or bad based on how many pages their profile got read! Wouldn’t that be cool? You could even rank everybody by date so we know which ones are still practicing today! Just imagine what kind of stuff I could learn from that database… ”
I tried not to laugh but couldn’t help myself.
She kept going—and then she started laughing too because she knew exactly what she wanted me to say next. So I did what any self-respecting lawyer might do: shut up until things died down again. The conversation went like this:
LAW SCHOOL QUESTIONNAIRE
Q1 Did you graduate from law school in less than two years (i) recently (ii) within three years prior to applying for admission into the practice of law in California; AND/OR have other evidence supporting your claim that you graduated before