Competition, Cooperation and Legal Change, service ideal, competition, corporatisation, legal services, Australian Legal Academy
There are a number of trends in the development of the contemporary Australian legal profession which have been widely remarked upon, among them: the growth in size of the profession; the increasingly boundary-free nature of legal practice; the imperatives for private legal practice to become more competitive and “business-like”; the deprofessionalisation of certain formerly lucrative areas of legal practice, such as residential conveyancing; the crisis in legal education caused by the very poor level of resources available to the university law schools; the inaccessibility of the courts for reasons of cost and delay, and the consequent growth of Alternative (or preferably “Additional”) Dispute Resolution (ADR). The inter-relationship between these phenomena, however, has been much less often explored. In this article I have attempted to do this, with some trepidation, focussing particularly on the ways in which legal change1 may be promoted through the development of a more cooperative relationship between academic lawyers and the private legal profession.
"Competition, Cooperation and Legal Change, service ideal, competition, corporatisation, legal services, Australian Legal Academy,"
Legal Education Review: Vol. 4
, Article 10.
Available at: https://epublications.bond.edu.au/ler/vol4/iss1/10