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Author / Creator:Abel, Richard L.
Imprint:New York : Oxford University Press, 1989.
Description:1 online resource (xv, 406 pages)
Subject:Practice of law -- United States.
Lawyers -- United States.
Droit -- Pratique -- États-Unis.
Avocats -- États-Unis.
LAW -- Legal Profession.
Practice of law.
Avocats -- Etats-Unis.
United States.
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Electronic book.
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Notes:Includes bibliographical references (pages 355-388) and index.
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Summary:Based on an extensive survey of historical, sociological, and legal sources, American Lawyers traces the development of the legal profession during the past century. The most comprehensive work on the subject in over thirty years, this seminal study offers a disturbing portrait of the character, evolution, and future of law and lawyers in the United States. Since their emergence in the last quarter of the nineteenth century, Abel argues, bar associations have consciously shaped and controlled the development of the profession. American Lawyers have deliberately erected entry barriers designed to restrict the number and raise the social status of lawyers, and have intentionally dampened competition. Abel demonstrates how lawyers sought to increase access to justice while simultaneously stimulating demand for legal services, and how they implemented self-regulation to forestall external control. Charting the dramatic transformation of the profession over the last two decades, Abel documents the growing number and importance of lawyers employed outside private practice in business and government.
Other form:Print version: Abel, Richard L. American lawyers. New York : Oxford University Press, 1989
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In this outstanding book, Abel provides a wide-ranging and provocative treatment of the American legal profession. He masterfully synthesizes a large volume of literature on lawyers and professions and brings a wealth of data to bear on a variety of important topics concerning the profession's development. Among other things, Abel focuses on the bar's control of entry into the profession, demographic characteristics of lawyers, ethical rules and practices, legal aid for the poor, law school socialization, and professional stratification. Topics are placed in historical context and important changes are discussed and explained. Data drawn from a variety of sources are skillfully placed in the context of Weberian, Marxist, and structural-functionalist theories of professions. Although many fine studies of the American legal profession have appeared in the past 20 years, none are so systematic and comprehensive. Highly recommended for undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. -M. Kessler, Bates College

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