It is appropriate to want lawyers to be mature, moral people and to help legal education reinforce those qualities. It is also appropriate to be sure students understand lawyers’ fiduciary responsibilities and the ways lawyers fall short of meeting them. It only confuses work on those issues, however, to call them part of teaching "professionalism." Law is not a "profession" as that term has traditionally been used. Calling law a profession does not help understanding the challenges lawyers face.
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GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2012-11; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2012-11
Thomas D. Morgan, Calling Law a 'Profession' Only Confuses Thinking about the Challenges Lawyers Face, 9 U. St. Thomas L.J. 542 (2011).