Why do educated Chinese immigrants born before 1970 look down on the legal profession?I'd go further than Justin Liu and suggest that it isn't a thing. I've known many Chinese immigrants (to the U.S.) and never encountered disdain for law as a profession. Granted, it might not be quite as esteemed as engineering, the natural sciences, medicine or academic disciplines like history among people of the age cohort specified in the question. But even your hardcore "Tiger Mother" isn't going to freak out to hear that her son or daughter is taking the LSAT and applying to law schools the way they might, say, if that child was planning on applying to creative writing programs.
I didn't know that this was a thing, but maybe it is based on the same occupational hierarchy from ancient China as in Why do educated Chinese immigrants born before 1970 look down on the business profession?