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At the Edge of Law: Emergent and Divergent Models of Legal Professionalism

ISBN13: 9780754677444
Published: September 2011
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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Following significant changes in the legal profession since the 1980s, how do new organizational forms and actors at the edge of the law impact upon our understanding of the changing nature of the core values of mainstream legal professionalism?

This methodological approach brings together a series of case studies built on original empirical research and focuses on those operating at the margins of legal professionalism in England and Wales. Also including comparative material on the US and Canada, the issues discussed are relevant for common law countries more generally and the analysis reveals the ways in which an increasingly fluid, fragmented and heterogeneous legal profession is responding to the challenges it faces in the early twenty-first century.

Legal Practice Management
Introduction: lawyering at the edge
Theorizing professional change and advancement in legal services
Outsiders in legal education and beyond: marginal students, professional identity and access to the legal profession
Legal executives: chasing shadows on the third branch of the profession?
Legal aid and legal activists: progressive lawyering and mainstream professionalism
Wealth professionals: expert knowledge on the intersection of law and accountancy
Collective professional projects, individual models of advancement and the Legal Services Act 2007
Emergent and divergent models of legal professionalism - towards a contingent professionalism