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I'd like to spark a discussion about the future of law. In particular, how lawyers — new and not-new — should adapt to it. Does the future of law look a lot like its present? Maybe not? Is it time to do away with the unauthorized practice of law in order to increase access to justice and reach more paying clients? Do non-lawyer ownership and alternative business structures have a role to play in the future of law practice?
What about virtual law firms and unbundled services and technology and alternative fees and … ?
As a practical matter, all of those questions really boil down to this: how would you advise a new lawyer to prepare for the future of law practice? What do you think you are going to need to do to prepare, if anything?
I've included some links to thoughtful posts already on Lawyerist, but I'm more interested in getting a conversation going right here about the future of law. Share your thoughts, ask your questions, state your concerns, and comment on the discussion.