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Economic Development and the Development of the Legal Profession in China

32 Pages Posted: 13 Feb 2009  

Randall Peerenboom

La Trobe University - Faculty of Law and Management; Oxford University - Centre for Socio-Legal Studies

Date Written: February 13, 2009

Abstract

The development of the legal profession in China since 1978 has been largely a modernization story of economic development. Section 1 demonstrates that the development of the legal profession and legal system as a whole has closely tracked economic growth patterns. Section 2 focuses on the business of law, examining various challenges confronting the legal profession, and in particular the commercial bar. Issues include the alleged oversupply and poor pay of lawyers, the extreme stratification of the legal profession, the recent trend of elite firms to expand rapidly through mergers, and the increasingly competitive relationship between Chinese and foreign firms. Although the general pattern of development of the legal profession is largely consistent with development patterns elsewhere, there are of course certain differences, which are examined in the conclusion.

Keywords: legal profession, law and development, rule of law, lawyers

JEL Classification: K40

Suggested Citation

Peerenboom, Randall, Economic Development and the Development of the Legal Profession in China (February 13, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1342287 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1342287

Randall Peerenboom (Contact Author)

La Trobe University - Faculty of Law and Management ( email )

Department of Accounting
Victoria 3552, 3086
Australia

Oxford University - Centre for Socio-Legal Studies

St. Cross Building
St. Cross Road
Oxford, OX1 3UJ
United Kingdom

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