The Making of the English Legal Profession, 1800 – 1988
By Richard L. Abel
2005/10 - Beard Books
1587982501 - Paperback - Reprint - 572 pp.
The definitive work on the rise of barristers and solicitors during the critically formative nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
This book offers a comprehensive account of the making (and remaking) of the two branches of the English legal profession - barristers and solicitors - during the critically formative nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand contemporary controversies about the role of lawyers in society, especially the different paths followed by the English and American professions in the competition for global dominance.
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Richard L. Abel is Connell Professor of Law at the University of California, Los Angeles. His most recent book on the legal profession is English Lawyers between Market and State: The Politics of Professionalism, published by Oxford University Press in 2003.
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