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I. Studying the Legal Profession
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Volume XVI: Civil Procedure | Chapter 3 (2002): The Organization of Lawyers and Judges

Completed May 1998

David S. Clark

A. Global Issues

1. One or many professions?1 – In canada and the united states lawyers tend to view the legal profession as a single entity, a unified bar.2 People believe it is normal for a lawyer to switch positions without special training, perhaps from government work to a corporate counsel’s office, to a law firm, or maybe to the judiciary. However, in civil law jurisdictions young law graduates tend to think…

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David S. Clark, “I. Studying the Legal Profession”, in: International Encyclopedia of Comparative Law Online, Edited by: U. Drobnig, R. David, H. H. Egawa, R. Graveson, V. Knapp, A. T. Von Mehren, Y. Noda, S. Rozmaryn, V. M. Tschchikvadze, H. Valladão, H. Yntema, K. Zweigert. Consulted online on 28 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

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