Roundup: Getting a Lawyer vs. Representing Yourself
In all cases, you have the right to represent yourself, but having the right doesn’t mean it’s the best option.
One factor that highlights this is the success rate between those who represent themselves (called “pro se”, “unrepresented” or “self-represented”) and those who hire a lawyer (called “represented”). While there is no nationwide data showing how many people represent themselves and their success rates, there are pockets of data covering specific locations, courts, and areas of law.
The main takeaway? Self-represented individuals fare much worse than similar individuals who are represented by lawyers. Here is a roundup of some of that data: