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Lawyers and the Legal Profession

Wiley Handbook of Law and Society, Austin Sarat and Patricia Ewick, eds., 2015, Forthcoming

UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper No. 2015-19

Southwestern Law School Research Paper No. 2015-03

21 Pages Posted: 4 Feb 2015  

Ronit Dinovitzer

University of Toronto; American Bar Foundation

Bryant Garth

University of California-Irvine; American Bar Foundation

Date Written: February 3, 2015

Abstract

This chapter is a slightly expanded version with more citations of our entry edited on “The Legal Profession,” forthcoming in the Wiley Handbook on Law and Society. It is a summary and analysis of the empirical literature on the legal profession, focusing mainly on the United States, including practice settings, lawyer satisfaction, gender, race, and lawyer autonomy. The authors also suggest that the categories and approaches that dominate research on the legal profession tend to reinforce and take for granted existing hierarchies and structures of legitimacy for the U.S. legal profession. The scholarship understandably plays within a hierarchy that places corporate lawyers at the pinnacle of the profession.

Suggested Citation

Dinovitzer, Ronit and Garth, Bryant, Lawyers and the Legal Profession (February 3, 2015). Wiley Handbook of Law and Society, Austin Sarat and Patricia Ewick, eds., 2015, Forthcoming; UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper No. 2015-19; Southwestern Law School Research Paper No. 2015-03. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2559915

Ronit Dinovitzer

University of Toronto ( email )

Department of Sociology
Toronto, Ontario
Canada

American Bar Foundation ( email )

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Bryant Garth (Contact Author)

University of California-Irvine ( email )

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