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Tomorrow's Lawyers: An Introduction to Your Future

Tomorrow's Lawyers: An Introduction to Your Future

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By (author) Richard E. Susskind

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 193mm x 13mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 019966806X
  • ISBN 13: 9780199668069
  • Sales rank: 11,024

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Tomorrow's Lawyers predicts fundamental and irreversible changes in the world of law. For Richard Susskind, best-selling author of The End of Lawyers?, the future of legal service will be neither Grisham nor Rumpole. Instead, it will be a world of virtual courts, Internet-based global legal businesses, online document production, commoditized service, legal process outsourcing, and web-based simulated practice. Legal markets will be liberalized, with new jobs for lawyers and new employers too. This book is a definitive guide to this future - for young and aspiring lawyers, and for all who want to modernize our legal and justice systems. It introduces the new legal landscape and offers practical guidance for those who intend to build careers and businesses in law. Tomorrow's Lawyers is divided into three parts. The first is an updated restatement of Richard Susskind's views on the future of legal services, as laid out in his previous bestselling works, The Future of Law, Transforming the Law, and The End of Lawyers?. He identifies the key drivers of change, such as the economic downturn, and considers how these will impact on the legal marketplace. In the second part, Susskind sketches out the new legal landscape as he predicts it, including the changing role of law firms, and in-house lawyers, and the coming of virtual hearings and online dispute resolution. The third part focuses on the prospects for aspiring lawyers, predicting what new jobs and new employers there will be, and equipping prospective lawyers with penetrating questions to put to their current and future employers. This is the essential introduction to the future of law for those who want to succeed in the rapidly changing legal landscape.

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Author information

Richard Susskind OBE is an author, speaker, and independent adviser to international professional firms and national governments. He is President of the Society for Computers and IT Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice. He holds professorships at Oxford University, UCL, Strathclyde University, and Gresham College. His work has been translated into more than 10 languages, and he has been invited to speak in over 40 countries.

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This is a book that should be read by all lawyers, judges and academics, but above all by students of law, for it is their future about which he writes an intensely stimulating book that is well worth careful study. Sir Philip Bailhache, The Jersey & Guernsey Law Review This concise book is a compelling glimpse into the near-future of legal services, and provides invaluable information for tomorrow's lawyers. Colman Candy, Irish Times Susskind has a knack for taking complex and complicated issues and making them simple and easy to understand. He has a clear message for in-house lawyers: the legal world is changing; law firms are changing; and law departments must change as well. This book is worth reading - it will make you think. And, hopefully help you prepare for the future. After all, law departments must adapt to the changes going on around us. Fred Krebs, Canadian Lawyer Magazine Tomorrows Lawyers is a worthwhile read for anyone involved in legal services and education, particularly if you have not read Susskind's previous books. Joanna Goodman, The Law Society Gazette Far and away the best analyst and predictor of the evolution of the legal marketplace is Richard Susskind, the U.K.-based academic and futurist. If you're in any kind of management or leadership role in law (or you just care about your own career), I would say it's a prerequisite to read Tomorrow's Lawyers. Paul Lippe, ABA Journal

Table of contents

Introduction ; PART ONE: RADICAL CHANGES IN THE LEGAL MARKET ; 1. Three Drivers of Change ; 2. Strategies for Success ; 3. Commoditizing the Law ; 4. Working Differently ; 5. Disruptive Legal Technologies ; PART TWO: THE NEW LANDSCAPE ; 6. The Future for Law Firms ; 7. The Shifting Role of In-House Lawyers ; 8. The Timing of the Changes ; 9. Access to Justice and Online Legal Services ; 10. Judges, IT, Virtual Courts, and ODR ; PART THREE: PROSPECTS FOR YOUNG LAWYERS ; 11. New Jobs for Lawyers ; 12. Who Will Employ Young Lawyers? ; 13. Training Lawyers for What? ; 14. Replacing the Old Training Ground ; 15. Questions to Ask Employers ; 16. The Long-term