At the moment, it seems like it’s fashionable to attack certain legal organizations, primarily Lawyers of Distinction and Superlawyers. While they are both definitely vanity organisations, they’re also utterly transparent in their selection processes, these aren’t just pure vanity, they really do only take the best.
The Superlawyers selection process requires multiple levels of recommendations, from quality sources, and Lawyers of Distinction even goes a step further, requiring applicants to have a recommendation from other lawyers. You can still self-nominate, but that necessitates other selection processes.
All in all, their promises about representing the real cream of the crop of the legal community hold very much true in the face of their extensive selection process. But that’s not the only reason they’re very much legit organisations.
Their inherent transparency also plays well in their favour. With their websites fully laying out and explaining the whole process, and all the elements, both subjective and objective, that might play into application, at the end of the day, their process is a thorough, and logical one.
Once the organization has checked you out, there’s a formal vetting, further examining the suitability of the applicant. When it comes to recurring yearly membership of the groups, they’re a little different.
Lawyers of Distinction feature a rolling membership, from year to year, unless you opt out. Superlawyers require fresh nomination in each year of membership. Both have their advantages and disadvantages.
This level of scrutiny isn’t just great for the individual lawyer, but allows both organizations to serve as very effective directories for the public, which makes it easy to track down the lawyer that you’re in need of.
While the critics have challenged whether or not the selection criteria are really objective, in this, they’ve clearly missed the point. While the selection process is a thorough and unbiased one, the purpose of these organisations and directories is to establish a degree of quality, and a resource on which you can easily find skilled legal representation. If this is a scam, which it clearly isn’t, who’s it scamming? Not the lawyers. They now have a affordable way to create credibility for their firm for a nominal fee. Not the public, who’re finding the lawyer they need?
In reality, these organizations benefit the legal community and the public, forming a vital role that allows those in need to be connected quickly and easily with the right lawyers. These organizations are not only not scams, but their also beneficial, and utterly transparent.