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Revolution and the Making of the Contemporary Legal ProfessionEngland, France, and the United States$
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Michael Burrage

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199282982

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199282982.001.0001

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Investigating a Fateful Encounter

Investigating a Fateful Encounter

(p.1) 1 Investigating a Fateful Encounter
Revolution and the Making of the Contemporary Legal Profession

Michael Burrage

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the aftershocks and later reverberations of the revolutions in France, England, and the United States and their impact on the legal profession. It suggests that law without lawyers has been one of the more enduring and resilient ideals of western civilization, recurring in the works of authors of varied temperaments and philosophies, separated by vast distances of time and culture, and living under social and political systems. In the 20th century, utopian thought has declined or perhaps expired, but the ideal of the law-abiding but lawyerless society seems to have found other vehicles. This chapter discusses the developments of the legal profession during the 20th century.

Keywords:   revolutions, legal profession, France, England, United States, lawyers, utopian thought

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