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Profession by lawyers

Profession by lawyers

By Gino Dal Pont

Ethics Practice & Procedure 


Law has since medieval times taken its place as one of the three recognised “learned” professions, the others being divinity and medicine. A body of literature has developed over time probing the characteristics of professions. The primary indicia target special skill and learning, a commitment to public service, and some ability to control admission and rules of membership. These interrelate. The barriers to entering a profession stemming from skill and learning ordinarily place its members in a power position vis-à-vis those to whom relevant services are supplied. Hence, a public service commitment is needed to counterbalance potential to abuse this power position. And in return, the profession can be trusted to regulate itself.

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