House counsel lawyers who work for corporations or other private businesses

Market control regarding a profession, the successful assertion of unchallenged authority over some area of knowledge and its instrumentation

Profession a highly skilled occupation that requires prolonged education and training for entrance into it

Professionalization the transformation of a nonprofessional occupation into a vocation with the attributes of a profession

Socratic method sharp questioning by a law professor of students regarding the facts and principles contained in judges’ opinions in real legal cases

Solo practitioner an attorney who practices law by herself or himself


Richard L. Abel, Lawyers in the Dock: Learning from Attorney Disciplinary Proceedings. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010. A discussion of a series of disciplinary proceedings of attorneys that focuses on the factors leading up to the proceedings and on the proceedings' consequences.

Barbara Babcock, Fish Raincoats: A Woman Lawyers Life. New Orleans, LA: Quid Pro Books, 2016. An autobiography by the first woman professor at Stanford Law School.

Marc Galanter and Thomas Palay, Tournament of Lawyers: The Transformation of the Big Law Firm. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1991. A provocative study of the growth patterns of large corporate law firms.

Robert Granfield, Making Elite Lawyers: Visions of Law and Beyond. New York: Routledge, 1992. A fascinating and timeless empirical work on the conservatizing effects of legal education at Harvard on a broad cross section of students.

Linda Hirshman, Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World. New York: Harper Perennial, 2016. The story of the first two women on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Austin Sarat and William L. F. Felstiner, Divorce Lawyers and Their Clients: Power and Meaning in the Legal Process. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995. An insightful analysis of the activities of divorce lawyers.

J. Clay Smith, Jr. (ed.), Rebels in Law: Voices in History of Black Women Lawyers. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2000. A moving compilation of writings by several African American women attorneys that makes clear the challenges they faced as both women and African Americans in law school and in their practice of law.

Scott Turow, One L: The Turbulent True Story of a First Year at Harvard Law School. New York: Putnam, 2010. A reprint edition of a classic memoir of the author's first year at Harvard Law School.

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