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Are Lawyers Going to Become Obsolete?

Justin Patten of Human Law writes this post on the future of the legal profession, linking to this provocative series by Richard Susskind on the legal profession on the brink of change. Susskind's aim is:

to explore the extent to which the role of the traditional lawyer can be sustained in coming years in the face of challenging trends in the legal marketplace and new techniques for the delivery of legal services.

Susskind considers whether we have reached a point such that a lawyer's job can be carved up and either handled by computer or outsourced. Patten doesn't take a position, but does acknowledge that technology will impact law firms in ways not yet contemplated.

Susskind urges lawyers to familiarize themselves with new technology. In his view, lawyers who don't evolve and leverage technology and find ways to make themself useful in spite of it may be on their way out.

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on October 23, 2007 at 05:51 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)


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