My Two Cents: What Young Adults Really Want in an Attorney

~ Written by Erica J. Erwin ~

When folks talk about how “millennials are ruining xyz” I get defensive. I’m a millennial, so I feel like I know a thing or two.

At the end of the day, it comes down to two issues. We’re broke from the recession, and risk averse from… the recession.

1. Studies show that young adults today make 20% less than our parents did at our age.

What that means:

  • We’d rather cook with friends than eat out
  • We’d rather stay with a friend when visiting another city than rent a hotel
  • We’d rather do a job ourselves than pay a professional

2. At the same time, the recession has made us risk averse.

What that means:

  • We do our research before buying
  • We care about authenticity in friends and colleagues
  • We often pick the safe and practical approach

And so for young adults in need of an attorney, it makes sense that we’d be cautious. Too many stereotypes exist of the car-salesman shark-tank type attorney who’s only in it for the bucks that we know we don’t have.

At the same time, I feel there’s a huge opportunity for attorneys willing to scale a law practice down for a newer generation. The profession could greatly improve access to justice for young adults if lawyers were honest about DIY options, explained the risks of going it alone, and offered to work within a budget.

This has to be possible. I’m going to try and make it happen.

Thanks for reading.


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