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Revolution and the Making of the Contemporary Legal Profession: England, France, and the United States

Michael Burrage


The revolutions of France, the United States, and England each inspired dreams of creating legal institutions that did not depend on specialist intermediaries, and, in different ways, provoked attacks on the existing rules and government of the legal profession more widespread and severe than at any other time in their history. These dreams came to naught and, sooner or later, the professions recovered, but their revolutionary experiences nevertheless had a lasting impact on their subsequent organization, and help to explain why three previously convergent professions should diverge as their s ... More

Keywords: revolution, legal institutions, specialist intermediaries, legal profession, lawyers, industrialization, ethical obligations, self-government, law schools, legal services

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199282982
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199282982.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Burrage, author
Research Fellow in Industrial Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science