Legal Profession in Transition

Archive Report

Ferment in the legal profession

Attempt to Understand Changes Taking Place

The Legal profession which once seemed securely anchored to traditional practices and conservative values is busy today trying to determine if the activism of young lawyers and law students has brought lasting changes. The profession may still be predominantly conservative and traditional, but nobody is quite sure at this time. One school of thought that is being voiced in numerous books, bar journal articles and other published studies is that all the ferment is only skin deep and, in time, will fade. Another school maintains that even if the commitment to public service is weaker among some of the young lawyers than they pretend, and less than sincere among established law firms with new pro ...

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