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The division of legal labour
Osgoode Hall Law Journal (1979)
  • Eric Colvin, University of Saskatchewan

There are few more important but neglected subjects in legal theory than the division of legal labour. The term ‘division of labour’ refers generally to the differentiation of roles through which various kinds of work are distributed among the members of a society. For example, there are the differentiated roled of wage-earner and home-maker within a family, or of the designer, builder, and salesman of a product. In the same way, I use the term ‘division of legal labour’ to refer to the differentiation of roles in legal work. For example, in contemporary western societies the work of identifying, changing, applying and enforcing legal rules is performed by specialists such as legislators, judges and policemen. In addition, professional lawyers play a special role as intermediaries between these public officials and the citizen.

  • division of labour,
  • legal labour,
  • legal profession
Publication Date
January 1, 1979
Citation Information
Eric Colvin. "The division of legal labour" Osgoode Hall Law Journal (1979)
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