The changing legal marketplace

Last month, the ABA Journal posted an article by Patrick Lamb of Valorem Law Group, a Chicago-based litigation firm known for its alternative fee arrangements.

In the midst of his observations about the future of the delivery of private legal services, Mr. Lamb references Richard Susskind’s 2008 book, The End of Lawyers? Rethinking the Nature of Legal Services. In urging that all those interested in how the legal profession is changing read this book, Mr. Lamb notes:

What the changes are to be is not entirely clear, but it is likely that there will be myriad models instead of the one model that has dominated the landscape for the last 50-plus years. Doesn’t it seem bizarre that everyone isn’t devoting more time and study to the changing landscape to figure out how they will have to change to survive?

The paperback version of The End of Lawyers?, with a 36-page introduction that updates what has transpired in the marketplace since the manuscript was submitted in late 2007, came out last month.

A six-part series of excerpts from the original publication can be found here.

Worth a look.

Todd Rogers, Assistant Dean for Career Services