I'm rather new to good old D&D and new to the classic classifications of good/neutral/evil and lawful/neutral/chaotic and I've been impressed from day one. "That makes so much sense!" Because I've always separated in my mind, morality from legality. This may be because of my Christian upbringing and admonitions to be apart from the world as well as out and out statements that not every thing permissible is profitable. Something legal, either in the civil code *or* Christian morality, may still be wrong. The passages about causing your brother to stumble because you've done something you're *allowed* to do (eat meat sacrificed to idols is the example) are probably why I do not conceptually equate legality with right and never have.
So... long story... I was visiting with a nice lady the other day... an interesting lady... it was an enjoyable conversation. But you know what? I think she's lawful evil. I will socialize with her but I'll keep it light. I don't want any sort of entanglement with her at all. Because she doesn't seem to tell the difference between what is legal or what a court will rule, and what is compassionate or *right*. I agree she's not a criminal and never would be... that's where the "lawful" part comes into it. She will *always* follow the law and believes she is a good law abiding person.
Which would be fine if abiding with the law made you good.