Lawyers and Legal Services

Richard L. Abel

in The Oxford Handbook of Legal Studies

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9780199248179
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:
Lawyers and Legal Services


This article contends that all legal professions must answer the following questions: What barriers must entrants overcome, who sets them, and how does and should this affect the number of lawyers? What is the appropriate relationship between the ascribed characteristics of lawyers and the larger society, and how should this be pursued? How does and should the profession limit competition, both among lawyers and by outsiders? What does and should the profession, government, and philanthropy do to stimulate demand for legal services and deliver services to those unable or unwilling to buy them? How does and should the profession, government, and others regulate lawyer behaviour? How does and should the profession govern itself in order to perform these tasks?

Keywords: legal profession; lawyers; legal services; regulation

Article.  8641 words. 

Subjects: Law ; Legal System and Practice

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