American Lawyers

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byRichard L. Abel

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This detailed portrait of American lawyers traces their efforts to professionalize during the last 100 years by erecting barriers to control the quality and quantity of entrants. Abel describes the rise and fall of restrictive practices that dampened competition among lawyers and withoutsiders. He shows how lawyers simultaneously sought to increase access to justice while stimulating demand for services, and their efforts to regulate themselves while forestalling external control. Data on income and status illuminate the success of these efforts. Charting the dramatictransformation of the profession over the last two decades, Abel documents the growing number and importance of lawyers employed outside private practice (in business and government, as judges and teachers) and the displacement of corporate clients they serve. Noting the complexity of matching evermore diverse entrants with more stratified roles, he depicts the mechanism that law schools and employers have created to allocate graduates to jobs and socialize them within their new environments. Abel concludes with critical reflections on possible and desirable futures for the legalprofession.

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This detailed portrait of American lawyers traces their efforts to professionalize during the last 100 years by erecting barriers to control the quality and quantity of entrants. Abel describes the rise and fall of restrictive practices that dampened competition among lawyers and withoutsiders. He shows how lawyers simultaneously sou...

Richard L. Abel is at University of California, Los Angeles.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:424 pages, 9.17 × 6.5 × 0.75 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195072634

ISBN - 13:9780195072631

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"Abel's tour de force is both a penetrating examination of radical, critical, and functional traditions in the sociology of the professions and a coherent interpretation of a vast amont of empirical data about lawyers."--William L.F. Felstiner, Director, American Bar Foundation