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The Devolution Of The Legal Profession: A Demand Side Perspective, Ronald J. Gilson Jan 1990

The Devolution Of The Legal Profession: A Demand Side Perspective, Ronald J. Gilson

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Economic analysis has not played a significant role in the increasingly intense debate over the decline of professionalism among lawyers.Economists' lack of interest in the issue may be understandable. The lawyers' lament is that the legal profession is devolving into the business of law. That this concern has not captured the economists' attention may reflect only that economists do not view the label "business" as a pejorative. If becoming a business means efficiently rendering an important service in a competitive environment, then of what is there to complain?

Lawyers, more directly concerned with maintaining their professional status, would find ...