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The United States’ legal system has its basis in the common law tradition of English law. However, the most important source of US law is the United States Constitution. There are over 1,100,000 licensed lawyers in the United States, making it the worlds’ biggest legal profession.

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QLTS: Washington DC and New Jersey now 'recognised jurisdictions'

Lawyers admitted in Washington DC and New Jersey can now dual-qualify as a solicitor of England and Wales through the fast-track Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS).

ABA annual meeting: Law Society plans for international legal event

The ABA heads to Boston for its 2014 annual meeting, 8 - 10 August with 7000 lawyers from the US and around the world expected at the conference. The Law Society will be there to promote English legal services and support members.

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: Promoting solicitors’ interests

With the conclusion of the fourth round of negotiations for the EU – US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) we look at the opportunity to deliver an improved trade in legal services between the EU and the US by tackling practice rights and market access blocks on either side of the Atlantic.

ABA approves new policy positions at midyear meeting

The American Bar Association adopted policies related to the right to food, human trafficking and courthouse security, among other topics, when the association’s policymaking body convened during the 2014 ABA Midyear Meeting in Chicago.