Calling Law a 'Profession' Only Confuses Thinking about the Challenges Lawyers Face
35 Pages Posted: 18 Feb 2012
Date Written: February 17, 2012
It is appropriate to want lawyers to be mature, moral people and to help legal education reinforce those qualities. It is also appropriate to be sure students understand lawyers’ fiduciary responsibilities and the ways lawyers fall short of meeting them. It only confuses work on those issues, however, to call them part of teaching "professionalism." Law is not a "profession" as that term has traditionally been used. Calling law a profession does not help understanding the challenges lawyers face.
Keywords: professionalism, collaborative law, pro bono service, technology, legal education
JEL Classification: K19, K29, K39, K49
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