The Legal Profession: What Is Wrong and How to Fix It

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Sheldon Krantz begins The Legal Profession: What Is Wrong and How to Fix It by saying that the legal profession is in trouble, and should be. He then covers what is wrong by describing the current state of the legal profession, the emergence of BigLaw, the changing nature of law practice, and the access to justice crisis. This is followed up by addressing what needs to be done and setting forth a specific agenda to address its deficiencies:

•   Make the legal profession more responsive to client and public service needs
•   Resolve the access to justice crisis
•   Involve law schools more directly in legal profession reform; and
•   Create a new organization with a mandate to promote necessary changes in the legal profession on an ongoing basis

He points out both promising developments as well the forces resisting change and identifies ways to overcome resistance to change and to transform the legal profession into the noble calling it should be.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 THE LEGAL PROFESSION IS IN TROUBLE


PART 1 THE CURRENT STATE OF THE LEGAL PROFESSION


Chapter 2 A BRIEF PROFILE OF THE LEGAL PROFESSION TODAY


Chapter 3 THE EMERGENCE OF BIGLAW


Chapter 4 THE CHANGING NATURE OF OTHER FORMS OF LAW PRACTICE


PART 2 THE CURRENT STATE OF ACCESS TO JUSTICE


Chapter 5 THE ACCESS TO JUSTICE CRISIS


Chapter 6 WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE PART 3 INVOLVING LAW SCHOOLS IN REFORM OF THE LEGAL PROFESSION


Chapter 7 THE NEED FOR LAW SCHOOLS TO ASSERT LEADERSHIP


Chapter 8 CAN LAW SCHOOLS AFFORD TO PLAY THIS KIND OF LEADERSHIP ROLE?


PART 4 WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? Chapter 9 A NEW AGENDA FOR THE LEGAL PROFESSION


Chapter 10 PROMISING DEVELOPMENTS


Chapter 11 THE IMPEDIMENTS TO CHANGE AND WAYS TO OVERCOME THEM


INDEX