Sunday, June 14, 2009
Laurel Oates, Mimi Samuel, and Anne Enquist have been sharing some interesting thoughts on some of the implications still to be realized from legal outsourcing. Their posts appear on the Seattle University School of Law website, Cases and Controversies. Click here to read one of the posts (and from that post you can see the earlier ones). Very thoughtful stuff indeed. Here's an excerpt from one of the posts (from Anne Enquist).
. . . I also want to pick up on Laurel’s final question about what outsourcing might mean for our students, alums, and the practice of law. Our students will have to compete for work and jobs in this changing market. They cannot assume that when they graduate they will be able to make a six-figure income doing basic legal work for several years as they work their way up to partner. They will have to adjust their expectations, and they will have to figure out how to justify the salaries they hope to receive.
As legal educators, we have an obligation not only to inform them about the effect LPOs will have on their careers but also to prepare them for this dramatic shift in the practice of law. We have to get ahead of the curve on the whole issue of outsourcing and think through how to make it a win-win situation for all involved, including clients and lawyers here and in countries doing outsourcing work. This will require some creative, fearless thinking and problem-solving.
Their posts include observations they shared from their excellent presentation at the Global Legal Skills Conference IV at Georgetown University Law Center. Click here to read more.