The Future Lawyer

Tectonic shift in the legal market­place: Distinction between legal practice and legal delivery

♦ Understanding technology’s application and impact on the delivery of legal services (i.e. e-discovery, contract management, cyber security, etc.)
♦ Project management
♦ Basic business skills
♦ Client skills
♦ Collaborative skills (with lawyers, other professionals, and paraprofessionals as well as clients)

Lawyers will be colla­bo­rating with other profes­sionals and parapro­fes­sionals in a tech-enabled, process driven market­place. “Legal” problems are now an element of “business challenges,” and that means that lawyers must work colla­bo­ra­tively with others to solve them.

Conclusion: Future Lawyers Have Plenty of Opportunities

Legal expertise was long the sole element in legal delivery. This is what sustained the traditional law firm model. With the rapid ascent of new legal delivery models that meld legal, IT, and business expertise, this is no longer the case. Future lawyers with legal, technological, process, business and collaborative skills will be well positioned in a rapidly changing legal marketplace. //

Mark A. Cohen is a Distin­guished Lecturer in Law at Georgetown University Law Center (Washington D.C.) and an experi­enced trial lawyer. Apart from that, he is a pioneer in law firm/legal delivery system evolution, works as a legal business consultant (LegalMosaic) and is very active as a legal publicist, inter alia as a weekly columnist at Forbes.