If you've ever looked at the California Bar Association's Attorney Search feature, you know that it is surprisingly useful. You can find info on current and former Bar members, including where they work(ed), where they went to school, etc. But only on an individual basis.
I was inspired to build another tool (anybody using the automated status checker?) that could glean some interesting information from all that data.
If you are at all considering school and/or practice in CA, feel free to check it out at http://californiabar.globl.org/
Among other things, you can do different types of searches that can't be done on the Bar site (e.g. by law school or undergrad), and also generate reports on things like:
- Which schools (including non-CA schools) have the most graduates in a given city (including cities outside CA) or law firm/organization. For example, it may be no surprise that Harvard is tops at Latham & Watkins, but did you know that little California Western is #3 in the DA and public defender offices?
- Which schools have the most members in a given interest section (e.g. intellectual property). If you have an idea of the kind of law you want to practice, see which schools most feed that interest in the CA Bar.
- The undergraduate schools that feed particular law schools the most. If you've ever suspected that law schools have favorite undergrad programs, well, go see for yourself:
There are also general statistics available (e.g. most-represented schools), and a manual search engine. So if you want to, say, look up people who went to your undergrad school and your prospective law schools, you can: e.g. http://californiabar.globl.org/results.php?lawschool=ucla&undergrad=polytechnic
Hopefully the site can withstand use by the many TLSers out there. I figured it might be useful to you. If it gets a lot of use, please be prepared to wait a few seconds for things to show up. I might be able to improve performance if things get hairy.
By the way, I'm still pulling data from the Bar site, and will be doing so for the next few weeks. So keep in mind that it's an incomplete data set. It should be fairly representative at this point (>10,000 members), but do be aware of that.
Also, let me know if you experience any problems/bugs with it, or have suggestions for improvement.