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

Boon, Andrew and Flood, John and Webb, Julian (2005) Postmodern professions? The fragmentation of legal education and the legal profession. Journal of Law and Society, 32 (3). pp. 473-492. ISSN 0263-323X


Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6478.2005.00333.x


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.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Online ISSN 1467-6478
Research Community:University of Westminster > Law, School of
ID Code:2062
Deposited On:15 Jun 2006
Last Modified:11 Aug 2010 15:30

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