March 6, 2008
Childress on Overview of Lawyers and the Legal Profession, in the U.S. and Comparatively
Posted by Steven Alan Childress
I have recently posted to SSRN this 5000-word summary on the legal profession. It appeared as the entry "Lawyers," in volume 2 of David S. Clark, ed., Encyclopedia of Law and Society: American and Global Perspectives, p. 930 (Sage 2007). The encyclopedia's information is linked here and it's shown right. The essay's abstract is:
This entry summarizes the definition, roles, and organization of lawyers and the legal profession, from an American and comparative perspective. Discussion includes legal education and entry into the profession, identification and counting of members, regulation of lawyers, scholarly views on the profession, and sociological issues involving women and minorities. Geographic examples include the U.S. and United Kingdom, as well as such civil law jurisdictions as Japan, France, and Germany. Given that there is no shared concept of the legal profession, cross-cultural comparisons are difficult and often erroneous, but often make political fodder. Current and classic writings on the legal profession are considered.
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Congratulations on the entry.
One observation re: "Future challenges include keeping up with the...study of less-known legal systems and their professionals, such as African and Middle Eastern lawyers."
"less-known legal systems"? Well, perhaps in some quarters, but there is the rapidly growing field of "comparative law" and there exists a fairly decent number of works on the legal systems of Africa and the Middle East. I'm sending you a copy of my bibliography for "comparative law" as evidence that the requisite knowledge exists and is therefore readily available for the taking....
All good wishes,
Posted by: Patrick S. O'Donnell | Mar 6, 2008 9:34:07 PM