Choosing a lawyer these days is much different than it used to be. Back in the day, communities were smaller and there were less lawyers from which to choose. Most people in town knew the names of the best lawyers or knew who to ask to find the names of the best ones. Over the past 20 years, law schools have sprung up all over the state of Florida. Consequently, law school admission standards have gone down as has the quality of many newly minted lawyers. This is not to imply that all new lawyers are of a lower caliber. Quite to the contrary, many Florida law schools are still matriculating and graduating first class lawyers. The challenge for the legal consumer is to distinguish the best from the rest.