Lawyers and the Legal Profession
Wiley Handbook of Law and Society, Austin Sarat and Patricia Ewick, eds., 2015, Forthcoming
21 Pages Posted: 4 Feb 2015
Date Written: February 3, 2015
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.
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