"Is law a business or profession?" This is one of the oldest and most familiar questions about the practice of law and the work of lawyers. In fact, law has almost always been an occupation that displays characteristics of both business and profession, with changes in emphasis over time.
Christopher J. Whelan, The Paradox of Professionalism: Global Law Practice Means Business, 27 Penn St. Int'l L. Rev. 465 (2008).