Did you know that all forms of legal advertising were once prohibited in the United States, by the American Bar Association? Until the 1970s, The American Bar Association considered legal advertising to be tasteless, and unprofessional. As a result, attorneys were only limited to using their business cards, when advertising their legal services. Later on, the Supreme Court ruled that attorney’s use of “commercial speech” would be protected under the First Amendment.
Unlike today, most early legal advertisements were fairly boring, where you would see ads with Scales of Justice clipart, surrounded by text, or a picture of an attorney standing in front of legal books. Shortly after, television, radio commercials, along with billboard and bus advertisements, emerged in the 1980s and 1990s.
Without a doubt, the road to legal advertising has been long; however, with the growing competition among law firms, it is necessary to advertise. In fact, the days of Yellow page advertising are far in the rearview mirror. In order to speed ahead on the fast track of legal advertising, you will want to update yourself with the latest trends in advertising that will help grow your business.
Here are some examples of current trends …
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