Vanderbilt Law Review


Lester Brickman

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If access to legal services is thus essential for the attainment of democratic values, then the efficacy of the legal delivery system is of supreme importance. Much has been written examining the inefficiency of present methods of law practice as a means of conveying services to the consumer,' and still more written decrying the shortage of basic legal services for the poor and for the middle class.' In response to this criticism and as a way of meeting other needs, the profession is trying such new delivery systems as group legal services, prepaid legal insurance, and specialized practice. Additionally, there has been a virtual explosion of interest in using legal paraprofessionals to assist the lawyer in supplying legal services." The conceptual foundations of this bibliography thus proceed from these theses: that there are grave concerns for the efficacy of the legal services delivery system" and for its ability to meet greatly increasing demands for legal services; and that, in response to these concerns, an attempt is being made to reform the delivery system by incorporating legal paraprofessionals into the delivery mechanism.