That is one way that I would describe American society. It means that in America lawyers are “a dime a dozen.” But, contrary to that expression, lawyers are not cheap and indeed, if anything, usually well-paid. The reason why there are so many lawyers is because Americans are too litigious. That is to say, they sue one another very often. It has been that way for as long as I can remember and over the years it seems to have gotten worse. Instead of trying to work things out, they threaten to sue each other at the drop of the hat. This has adversely affected medical costs. Doctors need to pay much money for insurance to protect them from malpractice suits. And of course, lawyers in such cases are also expensive, so these expenses are passed along to the public in higher medical costs.
Lawyers are a necessary evil because you need to use them for making contracts and dealing with legal problems. I have had several lawyer friends whom I greatly respected for their ability and good ethics, but unfortunately not all lawyers are like that. Too many are shysters. This word comes from the German word scheisser, which means “one who defecates. Shysters are untrustworthy and money-grubbing. They greedily seek to make money at every opportunity, often at the expense of their client.
It is interesting to note that 0.6% of the adult population in America are lawyers, yet 41% of the current members in Congress are lawyers. Members of Congress are sixty-eight (68) times more likely than other American adults to have practiced law. I wonder how that compares to members of the Diet in Japan?
 Tending or too ready to take legal action to settle dispute.
 Something so common that its value is little or nothing.
 To do something immediately without thinking about it.
 必要悪; something necessary even though it is not liked
 An unscrupulous [悪辣な] person, usually used to refer to a lawyer
 Too eager to make money.