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Vol 21 No 9 Sept/Oct 2016

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Goode on Commercial Law

Edited by: Ewan McKendrick
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ISBN13: 9781565843929
ISBN: 1565843924
Published: February 1998
Publisher: The New Press
Format: Paperback
Price: £18.99

Are lawyers merely hired guns or are they responsible for the clients they represent? Who does and does not obtain legal services in the USA? How does law school make students more conservative? Can law contribute to the creation of a more just society? The 40 pieces in this volume address a wide range of questions concerning the legal profession and its increasing impact on American society, which contains more lawyers per capita than any other country.;The book offers a broad overview, critically examining the occupation's claim to professsional status, describing dramatic changes both in the United States and elsewhere, and looking at the way in which lawyers govern and monitor themselves. It also examines who is admitted to the bar, focusing on those long excluded (women and racial minorities), and the range of jobs performed by lawyers, especially the two extremes of private practice: solo and small firms, and large ones with thousands of employees in offices around the world.

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The fundamental dilemma of lawyering - the ethics of the hired gun; the experience of law school; women lawyers; minority lawyers; the history of the American legal profession; self-regulation - promulgating and enforcing ethical rules; cultural images of lawyers; is there ""unmet legal need""?; when do and should lawyers render pro bono legal services?; lawyers and social change. (Part contents)