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Ready for a new edition of Justia Ask A Lawyer by the numbers? In this post, we are checking out the data for our Justia Ask A Lawyer forum in the first quarter of this year. Want to know what practice areas are most active in each state? Interested in learning more about the lawyers participating on the platform? We have answers.
Justia Ask A Lawyer is a free question-and-answer forum that connects people with real legal questions to basic answers from real lawyers. Through the platform, users can anonymously submit their legal questions. Lawyers can offer preliminary information and guidance that can help users better understand the law and the next steps. Questions and the answers provided also remain publicly available on the Justia site, allowing them to serve as a resource for future visitors.
This unparalleled marketing opportunity increases the answering lawyer’s exposure on the Justia platform, while helping that lawyer also connect with current and future potential clients. Lawyers interested in learning more about how Justia Ask A Lawyer can help their law firms grow should take a look at our previous Justia Onward post about the benefits of Justia Ask A Lawyer as a tool to reach clients.
Now, without further ado, let’s dive into the usage statistics for our forum between January 1, 2023 and March 31, 2023.
Which Practice Areas Receive the Most Questions?
More than 75 practice areas are available for users to categorize their legal questions submitted via Justia Ask A Lawyer. This process helps users connect with lawyers who have knowledge of the practice area relevant to their particular question, while also helping lawyers showcase their legal acumen more effectively by focusing on questions available in their core practice areas.
Questions are regularly submitted in each of the available practice areas but these five were the most active in the first quarter of 2023: family law, criminal law, real estate law, landlord-tenant law, and contracts.
Which States Submit the Most Questions?
Justia Ask A Lawyer receives questions in each of the fifty U.S. states! However, some of these states are more active than others. Last quarter, these states had the most users submitting questions on our forum: California, Texas, Florida, New York, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, New Jersey, Ohio, and Michigan.
What Are the Most Active Practice Areas in Each State?
Our users from across the nation have diverse legal questions across various practice areas. In the chart below, you can see which practice areas were the most popular with our users during the first quarter this year.
What Are the Most Searched Terms on Justia Ask A Lawyer?
Because submitted questions and answers remain publicly available on our site, many users choose to browse previously submitted questions instead of submitting a new question. This rewards lawyers who participate by allowing them to continue connecting with clients for months, and even years, after submitting answers through Justia Ask A Lawyer.
The word cloud below illustrates 25 of the most frequently searched terms and keywords on Justia Ask A Lawyer from January 1, 2023-March 31, 2023.
Who Are the Most Active Attorneys on Justia Ask A Lawyer?
The lawyers participating on Justia Ask A Lawyer are an integral part of the platform, and provide the community with access to information about difficult and foreign topics in the law. The following 10 lawyers were some of the most active lawyers on our forum last quarter: James L. Arrasmith, John Michael Frick, Timothy Denison, Tim Akpinar, Anthony M. Avery, Dale S. Gribow, Penny Wymyczak-White, Terrence H. Thorgaard, Joel Gary Selik, and Neil Pedersen.
Where Did Active Lawyers Attend Law School?
Countless institutions across the U.S., and in some cases beyond the U.S., have educated today’s lawyers, including those active on Justia Ask A Lawyer. The law schools below led the way for most active alumni on the forum in this year’s first quarter.
- Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago, Illinois)
- Tulane University School of Law (New Orleans, Louisiana)
- Francis King Carey School of Law, University of Maryland (Baltimore, Maryland)
- Capital University Law School (Columbus, Ohio)
- University of Richmond School of Law (Richmond, Virginia)
- Cumberland School of Law, Samford University (Birmingham, Alabama)
- Quinnipiac University School of Law (North Haven, Connecticut)
- University of Oklahoma College of Law (Norman, Oklahoma)
- Willamette University College of Law (Salem, Oregon)
- Vermont Law School (South Royalton, Vermont)
Final Thoughts: Why Do You Care?
The digital age has increased people’s reliance on online information. With this shift, internet resources, including question-and-answer platforms like Justia Ask A Lawyer, have become invaluable to both those seeking legal information and lawyers looking to market their practice.
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