According to statistics released by All-China Lawyers' Association at the end of 2012, there are more than 230,000 licensed lawyers working in 19,000 law firms across China, taking a proportion of 1.8 out of 10000 against the whole population, this figure is three times as big as it was in 2000.
But due to it's Short development history, Chinese lawyer industry takes a disadvantage in local and the global competition, China as the second largest Economy on the world, currently has only about 3,500 lawyers capable of handling legal affairs smoothly in foreign languages. So far only 12 Chinese law firms have set 35 oversea offices, while 371 foreign law firms from 30 countries and regions have set up a total of 504 representative offices in China. Even in those international collaborative working practices, mostly Chinese lawyers can only take some non-essential entry-level works.
Since foreign-related lawyers are in great demand in China, to prosper Chinese local international lawyers, All-China Lawyer's Association (ACLA) is encouraging Chinese law firms to build all kinds of relationships with global law firms, legal technical companies, law educational institutions, and lawyer organizations. At present, transnational law firm alliances and networks are the first choice for those firms taking their first step on internationalization. Meanwhile, foreign legal technologies, legal information providers, legal databases, practice management softwares, legal marketing tools, partnership solutions, training courses, lawyer exchange programs, are more and more welcome by domestic lawyers.