CHAPTER 8 The Legal Profession Chapter Outline Images and Perceptions of Lawyers–Reasons for the Negative Image–The Positive Image: Lawyer as HeroHistory of the Legal Profession–Early Origins of Lawyers–Origin and Development of the American Legal ProfessionThe U.S. Legal Profession Today–Growth and Demographics of the Legal Profession–The Stratification and Social Organization of the Bar–Cause Lawyering–Women in the Law–Legal Ethics and Corruption–Satisfaction with Legal CareersLaw School and Legal Education–The Growth of the American Law School–Critique and Defense of Legal Education TodaySummaryKey TermsQ.What’s the difference between a dead snake in the road and a dead lawyer in the road? A.Skid marks in front of the snake. Q.Why are research labs using lawyers instead of rats in their experiments? A.There are some things a rat just won’t do. Q.What do you call 6 000 lawyers at the bottom of the sea? A.A good start. Source: Law professor Marc Galanter quoted in Shinkle 2005: C6 variables. Second it socializes students to be more politically conservative than when they began law school and more specifically orients them to the needs of corporations and other established interests rather than to the needs of the poor and people of color. Third legal education is said to be brutal for students and particularly alienating for women. Defenders of legal education say that law needs to be taught as a system of logic that law students want corporate careers and that the case study and Socratic methods are necessary to train students to “think like a lawyer.” Key Terms Case study method Cause lawyering Cause lawyers Corporate attorneys Personal services attorneys Socratic method (Barkan 2013 pp. 237-266) Barkan S. (2013). Law and Society: An Introduction VitalSource for Kaplan University [VitalSource Bookshelf version]. Retrieved from bookshelf.vitalsource.com The citation provided is a guideline. Please check each citation for accuracy before use. [...]
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