At the Edge of Law

At the Edge of Law

by Andrew Francis


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780754677444
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 10/01/2011
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Professor Andrew Francis is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law, Keele University. He has published widely in the area of the legal profession and legal education.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; 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 at 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; Bibliography; Index.

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