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Big Law and Big Med: The deprofessionalization of legal and medical services


  • Epstein, Richard A.


Ribstein's account of the perilous times ahead for “Big Law” mentions “deprofessionalization” as one of the major risks for the legal profession. Deprofessionalization involves the substitution of standardized practices and protocols for existing methods of production of professional services. This article examines and compares the extent to which the advances in both techniques will speed deprofessionalization in both medicine and law.

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  • Epstein, Richard A., 2014. "Big Law and Big Med: The deprofessionalization of legal and medical services," International Review of Law and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 38(S), pages 64-76.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:irlaec:v:38:y:2014:i:s:p:64-76
    DOI: 10.1016/j.irle.2013.09.004

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    1. Martin Gaynor, "undated". "What Do We Know About Competition and Quality in Health Care Markets?," GSIA Working Papers 2006-E62, Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business.
    2. George L. Priest & Benjamin Klein, 1984. "The Selection of Disputes for Litigation," The Journal of Legal Studies, University of Chicago Press, vol. 13(1), pages 1-56, January.
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