lnm311legalprofession

lnm311legalprofession - 21A 219 Law and Society LEGAL...

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21A 219 Law and Society LEGAL PROFESSION What is a profession? How does it differ from other occupations? public good (Durkheim) autonomy (Weber) monopoly and market entry technical skill prestige/ income? How is law practiced? A. Blumberg, "The Practice of Law as a Confidence Game" "Legal service lends itself particularly well to confidence games. Usually a plumber will be able to demonstrate empirically that he has performed a service by clearing up the stuffed drain, repairing the leaky faucet or pipe - and therefore merits his feel. He has rendered, when summoned, a visible, tangible boon for his client in return for the requested fee. A physician who has not performed some visible surgery or otherwise engaged in some readily discernible procedure in connection with a patient may be deemed by the patient to have "done nothing" for him. As a consequence, medical practitioners may simply prescribe or administer by injection a placebo to overcome a patient's potential reluctance or dissatisfaction in paying a requested fee "for nothing." "In the practice of law there is a special problem in this regard, no matter what the level of the
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