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The Resource Glass half full : the decline and rebirth of the legal profession, Benjamin H. Barton

Glass half full : the decline and rebirth of the legal profession, Benjamin H. Barton

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Glass half full : the decline and rebirth of the legal profession
Title
Glass half full
Title remainder
the decline and rebirth of the legal profession
Statement of responsibility
Benjamin H. Barton
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "The hits keep coming for the American legal profession. Law schools are churning out too many graduates, depressing wages, and constricting the hiring market. Big Law firms are crumbling, as the relentless pursuit of profits corrodes their core business model. Modern technology can now handle routine legal tasks like drafting incorporation papers and wills, reducing the need to hire lawyers; tort reform and other regulations on litigation have had the same effect. As in all areas of today's economy, there are some big winners; the rest struggle to find work, or decide to leave the field altogether, which leaves fewer options for consumers who cannot afford to pay for Big Law. It would be easy to look at these enormous challenges and see only a bleak future, but Ben Barton instead sees cause for optimism. Taking the long view, from the legal Wild West of the mid-nineteenth century to the post-lawyer bubble society of the future, he offers a close analysis of the legal market to predict how lawyerly creativity and entrepreneurialism can save the profession. In every seemingly negative development, there is an upside. The trend towards depressed wages and computerized legal work is good for middle class consumers who have not been able to afford a lawyer for years. The surfeit of law school students will correct itself as the law becomes a less attractive and lucrative profession. As Big Law shrinks, so will the pernicious influence of billable hours, which incentivize lawyers to spend as long as possible on every task, rather than seeking efficiency and economy. Lawyers will devote their time to work that is much more challenging and meaningful. None of this will happen without serious upheaval, but all of it will ultimately restore the health of the faltering profession. A unique contribution to our understanding of the legal crisis, the unconventional wisdom of Glass Half Full gives cause for hope in what appears to be a hopeless situation"--
  • "A counterintuitive and optimistic reconsideration of the crisis in the American legal profession"--
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1969-
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Barton, Benjamin H.
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Practice of law
  • Lawyers
  • Legal services
  • Lawyers
  • Legal services
  • Practice of law
  • United States
Label
Glass half full : the decline and rebirth of the legal profession, Benjamin H. Barton
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-301) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
viii, 305 pages
Isbn
9780190205560
Lccn
2014042512
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)893455394
Label
Glass half full : the decline and rebirth of the legal profession, Benjamin H. Barton
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-301) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
viii, 305 pages
Isbn
9780190205560
Lccn
2014042512
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)893455394

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