Emperor Claudius And The Legal Profession

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having a friend that was better at publicly speaking and/or more experienced with the law and the courts to speak on your behalf and present your defense for you. Not a while after, the Greeks banned the right to request a “great speaker” and furthermore made it a rule that no one could accept a fee to plead the case of another. This stopped the orators form being able to present themselves as legal professionals or experts. The new rules also made it impossible to establish organized and professional lawyer services, like those that are available today, and, therefore, slowed the progression of the legal profession almost to a stop. It was Emperor Claudius who legalized advocacy as a profession in Rome, allowing Roman advocates to become…show more content…
One way for lawyers to ensure objectively fair fees is to enter into a fee agreement with their client. This way the client is, as is required, fully explained about how and what he/she is being charged for the legal services being provided. The lawyers that worked during the time of Emperor Claudius, and the judges before which these lawyers debated, were not extensively trained in law. They were, instead, educated in rhetoric by mentors. Eventually Rome began to develop a class of specialists who were trained in the law. By the start of the Byzantine Empire the legal profession was becoming well established and heavily regulated. Lawyers were more commonly studying law, along with continued studious study of rhetoric. It soon became a requirement for new advocates seeking admission into the court to produce testimonials from their teachers verifying their education. (Wikipedia). Shortly after, a course of legal study, lasting about four years, became mandatory for anyone pursuing a profession in law. The effects of such educational requirements can be seen in the educational requirements of today’s lawyers. In America, prospective lawyers must fulfill several educational requirements in order to practice law.

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