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Pride Versus PrejudiceJewish Doctors and Lawyers in England, 1890-1990$
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John Cooper

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774877

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774877.001.0001

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The Entry of East European Jews into the Law between the World Wars

The Entry of East European Jews into the Law between the World Wars

(p.184) Eight The Entry of East European Jews into the Law between the World Wars
Pride Versus Prejudice

John Cooper

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explains why relatively few Jews from east European Jewish families joined the English legal profession before the Second World War and outlines when Jews from these immigrant families did move into the law. Prior to the First World War, Jewish entrants into the solicitors' profession and the medical schools in England were confined to a small proportion of the upper and middle classes. During the First World War and into the 1920s, it appears, children of east European Jewish immigrants to England began to train as doctors in increasingly large numbers; but few became solicitors, and even fewer barristers, until the late 1920s and 1930s. Why was this? Cost was one highly significant factor. In the absence of special entrance requirements devised to suppress the number of Jewish solicitors admitted to the profession in England, there were economic rather than social barriers that impeded their entry. The chapter then looks at several factors which attracted talented Jewish youths to the legal profession.

Keywords:   east European Jewish families, east European Jews, English legal profession, Jewish immigrant families, England, Jewish solicitors, Jewish barristers, Jewish youths

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