Introduction: Can the Ordinary Practice of Law Be a Religious Calling?
Robert F. Cochran Jr.
Pepperdine University School of Law
Pepperdine Law Review, Vol. 32, No. 2, 2005
This article is an introduction to essays authored by speakers at Pepperdine University's Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics inaugural conference. The theme of the conference was the question of whether religious faith, particularly the faith of Christians and Jews, can be a source of meaning for the practice of law. The conference focused on the religious concept of vocation or calling as a means of understanding the ordinary, day-to-day work of lawyers. Many of the speakers argued that work, even what is normally considered secular work, is an area of life that can and should be redeemed by God. Cochran states that most religious traditions accept the notion that all productive work can be a religious calling. In this introduction, he addresses two issues: "Why are so many lawyers dissatisfied with their work?" and "Is the ordinary practice of law something that one can do to the glory of God?". Cochran concludes this introduction with a brief summary of the essays written by the speakers at the conference.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 10
Keywords: religious, faith, vocation, practice of law
JEL Classification: K49
Date posted: November 14, 2008 ; Last revised: April 23, 2010