The app was developed by lawyers affiliated with a global legal community website
Global legal community website RollOnFriday (RoF) has launched Lawyr, a dating app that is geared towards those who either work in the legal profession or want to meet someone who does.
RoF claimed that the app was the first of its kind in the world. Since it went live for iOS and Android devices last month, Lawyr has achieved a global following, with users hailing from Sydney, London, Los Angeles, Lisbon and Minsk, among others.
“The app is for the entire legal community – from students, paralegals, business services to partners,” said James Dennison, Lawyr co-developer and RoF journalist, in a media release on Tuesday.
In a world where the majority of dating apps is developed by tech companies, Lawyr stands out because it was created by lawyers.
“Everyone who works at RoF is a lawyer and understands its community. With its reputation and following, RoF is uniquely placed to launch such a dating app,” RoF said.
The developers of Lawyr drew on the fact that lawyers everywhere typically have personality traits and interests in common, in spite of cultural differences. With many of those working in the legal profession being constantly busy and time poor, the app serves as an efficient matchmaker.
“This dating app can do the heavy lifting while you’re stuck in a meeting room getting flogged by clients to complete a deal or pitch by dawn,” said Matthew Rhodes OBE, RoF founding director.
He pointed out that forging a romantic connection is often easier when both parties work in the same sector and face similar pressures on the job.
“It also means that your date will be sympathetic when you cancel half an hour before you’re due to meet because the side letter hasn’t signed,” Rhodes said.
Moreover, Lawyr enables lawyers to find fellow lawyers who don’t necessarily work with them, eliminating conflicts of interest.
“We know people in the legal profession want to date others in the community, but we also know going out with colleagues can create toxic issues. Lawyr solves the problem by letting legal professionals dodge the liabilities while still inking the deal,” Dennison said.
Given its focus on people in the legal profession, Lawyr does not match up non-lawyers.
“The app’s main rule is that users must either work in the legal profession or want to meet someone who does. So, legal types can match with other legal folk, or with people outside the sector. The only restriction is that one half of the match has to be in the legal profession, so non-lawyers can’t search for other non-lawyers,” Dennison said.
For non-lawyers on the app, Lawyr co-developer and RoF news editor Jamie Hamilton makes a case for lawyers as fantastic romantic partners.
“Lawyers are a great catch. After all, ‘lawyer’ is a shorthand for brains, security and a devotion to justice – all superb qualities in a partner,” he said. “And they can deal with the insurer if your luggage gets lost.”