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The lawyer bubble : a profession in crisis

Author: Steven J Harper
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, ©2013.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A noble profession is facing its defining moment. From law schools to the prestigious firms that represent the pinnacle of a legal career, a crisis is unfolding. News headlines tell part of the story--the growing oversupply of new lawyers, widespread career dissatisfaction, and spectacular implosions of pre-eminent law firms. Yet eager hordes of bright young people continue to step over each other as they seek jobs  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Popular works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Steven J Harper
ISBN: 9780465058778 0465058779 9780465058747 0465058744
OCLC Number: 820553418
Description: xvi, 251 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Part I: Law schools --
Tracking the bubble --
The role of the ABA and U.S. news rankings --
Inadequate responses --
Part II: Big law firms --
Attorney dissatisfaction --
The transformation of big law firms --
Surging income inequality --
Continuing destabilization --
Dewey & LeBoeuf: a case study --
Part III: Deflating the bubble --
Law schools --
Big law firms --
Prospective lawyers.
Responsibility: Steven J. Harper.

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In this meticulously researched and passionately argued book, Harper exposes the dirty secrets behind the legal profession's malaise, disregard for new lawyers, and explains what steps can be taken  Read more...

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