Essay on The Legal Profession: One Career, Many Avenues

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The Legal Profession: One Career, Many Avenues
Whether we are reading about the heroic small-town attorney Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mocking Bird, or watching in awe as Richard Gere portrays a smooth attorney in Primal Fear, it is apparent through culture and media that there is a power and prestige associated with the law in American society. This paper compares the training and education of such American lawyers with their English counterparts, concluding as to why it may behoove us in the US to adopt the apprenticeship requirements of England.
To begin, it is important to note that n the English system, the legal profession is distinctly divided; lawyers are either Barristers or Solicitors. While the Barristers are governed by the
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The Legal Profession: One Career, Many Avenues
Whether we are reading about the heroic small-town attorney Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mocking Bird, or watching in awe as Richard Gere portrays a smooth attorney in Primal Fear, it is apparent through culture and media that there is a power and prestige associated with the law in American society. This paper compares the training and education of such American lawyers with their English counterparts, concluding as to why it may behoove us in the US to adopt the apprenticeship requirements of England.
To begin, it is important to note that n the English system, the legal profession is distinctly divided; lawyers are either Barristers or Solicitors. While the Barristers are governed by the various Inns of Court, the Solicitors branch is governed by The Law Society (Chambers Student). Despite this distinction, members of either branch may now seek the rank of Queen’s Counsel (Q.C.).
Barristers primarily argue in court and are likely to serve on the more important courts. They serve as advocates before a court of appropriate jurisdiction and speak in court, presenting the case before a judge or jury (Chambers Student). Solicitors primarily work with clients and handle legal documents, including conducting proceedings in courts (although Solicitors were required to engage a Barrister as advocate in a High Court or above after the profession split in two) (Chambers Student). As an additional branch of the legal profession,

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