Postmodern professions? The fragmentation of legal education and the legal profession

Boon, A., Flood, J. and Webb, J. 2005. Postmodern professions? The fragmentation of legal education and the legal profession. Journal of Law and Society. 32 (3), pp. 473-492.

TitlePostmodern professions? The fragmentation of legal education and the legal profession
AuthorsBoon, A., Flood, J. and Webb, J.
Abstract

This article considers the institutional dimensions of professionalism and the legal profession's struggle with the challenges of post-modernity. An aspect of this is the Law Society's Training Framework Review (TFR) which promises changes to solicitors' education from 'cradle to grave'. The first part of the article analyses the structure and drivers of the TFR, their origins, and how they will be articulated. Secondly, the TFR is considered in the context of the political economy of higher education and its role in the new capitalism. Finally, we examine the potential effects of the TFR for the legal profession in the context of increasing practice segmentation and the threat of deprofessionalization, and also for the Law Society itself, whether it can retain a key role in the life course of the legal profession.

JournalJournal of Law and Society
Journal citation32 (3), pp. 473-492
ISSN0263-323X
YearSep 2005
FileBoon_Flood_Webb_2005_final.pdf
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1111/j.1467-6478.2005.00333.x
Publication dates
PublishedSep 2005

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