Although legal services are thought to be the domain of lawyers, those employed in many other occupations do law-related work, some incidental to other work and some, here called para-lawyers, as the sole focus of what they do. Para-lawyers have long existed, but they are becoming more visible as providers of legal services with the development of systems for licensing and regulating para-lawyers. Research shows that para-lawyers can be effective providers of a range of legal services, and that under some circumstances they can be more effective than fully qualified lawyers. Understanding the phenomenon of para-lawyers raises issues related to closure, deprofessionalization, postprofessionalism, and gender.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition|
|Number of pages||4|
|State||Published - Mar 26 2015|
- Legal services
- Social closure
- Sociology of the professions