In the discussion of the legal profession, its power in society, its inner structure and its development, practically all authors (Abel 1 985, 1986, 1988; Abel and Lewis 1988; Curran 1986; Halliday 1986, 1987; Powell 1 985; Rothman 1 984) concentrate on the Bar. With very few exceptions (Dezalay 1 990; Hartmann 1 988, 1989, 1990; Heinz and Laumann 1982; Spangler 1986), those lawyers occupied in the commercial sector or in public administration receive hardly any attention at all. This focus may (still) be appropriate for the Anglo-Saxon societies, considering the exten­ sive dominance of law offices there, but as far as Germany is concerned, this is certainly not the case.