Country Lawyers: The Impact of Context on Professional Practice


The first broad-based study of its kind, this volume focuses on lawyers practicing in small towns and villages in order to determine whether the practicing rural bar is as profoundly shaped by the environment in which it operates as the metropolitan bar has been shown to be in previous studies. Based on interviews with 201 attorneys from 116 different communities, and using comparative data from a metropolitan setting, the author identifies the structuring influences that operate in small-town settings and argues that the rural bar is shaped more by external forces than by the internal logic of the legal doctrine or fields of practice.

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1990