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In his newest provocative and forward-looking volume on the legal profession, Richard Susskind-the best-selling author of The End of Lawyers? and The Future of Law-predicts fundamental and irreversible changes in the world of law. What Susskind sees is eye-opening-a legal world of virtual courts, Internet-based global legal businesses, online document production, commoditiIn his newest provocative and forward-looking volume on the legal profession, Richard Susskind-the best-selling author of The End of Lawyers? and The Future of Law-predicts fundamental and irreversible changes in the world of law. What Susskind sees is eye-opening-a legal 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.Tomorrow's Lawyers 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. Susskind identifies the key drivers of change, such as the economic downturn, and considers how these will shape the legal marketplace. He then sketches out the new legal landscape as he envisions it, highlighting the changing role of law firms-and in-house lawyers-and the coming of virtual hearings and online dispute resolution. He also suggests solutions to major concerns within the legal profession, such as diminishing public funding, and explores alternative roles for future lawyers in a world increasingly dominated by IT. And what are the prospects for aspiring lawyers? Susskind predicts what new jobs and new employers there will be, equipping prospective lawyers with penetrating questions to put to their current and future bosses.Tomorrow's Lawyers is an essential roadmap to the future of law for those who want to survive the rapidly changing legal landscape....

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ISBN : 9780199668069
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Number of Pages : 180 Pages
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Tomorrow's Lawyers: An Introduction to Your Future Reviews

  • Paige
    2019-02-03 12:18

    This was a quick, interesting read of progressive ideas about the future of the legal profession. Susskind analyzed how the legal market has dramatically changed since the recession (e.g., clients wanting more for less, the growing importance of technology) and ways it may develop to respond to these changes. He challenges the billable hour, the structure of traditional law firms, and the ways lawyers work. While he doesn't foresee the advice-giving lawyer disappearing, there may be several new jobs for young attorneys such as legal management consultants, legal risk managers, legal project managers, and legal technologists. Those hiring these new lawyers might be accounting firms (e.g., Deloitte, KPMG), revamped law firms, legal publishers, and legal leasing agencies (e.g., Axiom). He also hopes law schools can better train lawyers to operate in this new world to be "flexible, team based, hybrid professionals, who are able to transcend legal boundaries, speak the language of the boardroom, and are motivated to draw on techniques of modern management and information technology." Ultimately, it was a refreshing perspective from someone who foresees that the legal industry can and will eventually need to change.

  • Michael Lewyn
    2019-01-31 10:04

    This book predicts that the UK and the US will need fewer lawyers, because much work that has historically been done by lawyers (especially younger, less-skilled lawyers) can be done by computers, paralegals or someone working cheaply out of a non-First-World office. To the extent that lawyers will find new jobs in large numbers, they will do so not by using traditional legal skills than by organizing the paralegals and computers.I don't consider myself enough of an expert either to intelligently agree or intelligently disagree with Susskind's views. I do think, however, that Susskind's book is concise and readable- so if you want to read a statement of Susskind's point of view, his book is worth reading.However, it does seem to me that Susskind overestimates the ability of laypersons to resolve legal issues without hiring lawyers. He seems to think that a moderately educated layperson can avoid a lawyer by searching the Internet. But when my parents or other relatives ask me to do a little legal research, I often find that only the simplest issues can be resolved without the assistance of a specialist.

  • Alex Catalán Flores
    2019-02-10 12:53

    Put simply, Susskind offers a must-read for any current law student. He thoroughly analyses the way that legal services are delivered, and in reading it in 2016 'Tomorrow's Lawyers' even makes some accurate predictions of the manner in which law firms currently operate (particularly in terms of sourcing). Susskind attributed the wave of disruption to legal services primarily to three factors: the 'More-for-Less' Challenge, Liberalisation, and the promulgation of Information Technology. He de-constructs the seldom questioned conventional wisdom that dominates amongst legal practitioners, and builds a fresh and innovative - albeit scary - picture of the future provision of legal services. Susskind is unapologetic in his critique of legal services myopia, providing aspiring young lawyers with an illuminating perspective on an otherwise alien world. Moreover, Susskind tailors 'Tomorrow's Lawyers' precisely to them - tomorrow's lawyers - in the advice that he offers for career planning and even interview strategies. A fantastic read for any law student such as myself. Frankly, it should be required reading at every law school.

  • Jolyon Tuck
    2019-02-16 12:00

    As a thirtysomething criminal lawyer, reading this is a mixture of the forward thinking many of us are expecting and an opportunity to - quite rightly - put the frighteners on anyone coming into law on the future. There's a little bit here for the criminal lawyer, although it leans more towards those whose lives are outside of the courtroom. There is a good chapter on how judges are capable with technology, videolinks function well for courts and how we should expect further streamlining.As predictions for the next 25 years go in criminal law, how about no Crown Court, no Legal Aid budget, lots of online representation and everything being resolved by the eBay style ODR Susskind recommends. Not a cheerful read, but I am glad I stuck with it. There's a nice chapter on questions you should ask potential employers that will raise a smile.

  • Jason
    2019-01-26 09:54

    I really liked the first half of this book, but skimmed the rest. I liked its clarion call for change in the legal profession. I recently attended a seminar in which a number of high brow important lawgivers complained that 75% of the population can't afford the justice system. Susskind sees the problem and - probably astutely - tells us that solutions will come. His warning is that change to the legal profession will be drastic and painful to those resistant to the change.The problem with the book is that it is written from a Big Law perspective. While this doesn't detract too much from the first half, the second half does.

  • Stella
    2019-02-07 16:03

    Actually read this one in paper. It's a tiny book, and a self-professed "condensed" version of Susskind's recent thinking on the topic of the future of lawyers. I found it very thought-provoking, and (as a lawyer with a long career ahead of me) a little scary. It's written in an easy-to-read, compact style. I would recommend it to any lawyer who has been in practice for under 10 years and who is interested in seeing how the practice of law may change in the coming years.

  • Kenneth Grady
    2019-01-31 17:07

    Although a bit of a re-write of one of his earlier books, this one does a better job of making Susskind's points. Overall, it poses some of the interesting questions about practicing law in the future. At this point, we need to see many of the issues play out. But, this is a good starting point.

  • Chris
    2019-02-06 09:21

    Seemed like the positions taken in the book didn't go far enough. It's full of 'I think this way,' but doesn't offer much by way of reasoning.I had to read it for a class otherwise I'd have never read it because srsly idc

  • Nicholas
    2019-01-16 09:03

    Required reading for anyone in or considering going to law school.

  • Charity
    2019-02-02 17:03

    The first part is well done and captivating. After that it's a snooze, and could have been condensed.

  • Eli
    2019-01-23 13:14

    law with technology, it's the inevitable trend.

  • Max Berger
    2019-01-31 10:22

    Tomorrow’s Lawyers was about as interesting as it possibly could have been when you consider that I am not a lawyer. I do work for a law firm, however, and consequently this book was required reading. It bored many of the non-lawyer employees, and I can’t deny that sometimes it bored me too. But I’m a glass-half-full kind of guy, and I found enough here to enjoy considering the dry subject matter.What made it more fun to read was the emphasis on predicting the future of the industry. The author only discusses the future in terms of its impact on law, but it was easy to extrapolate some of his conclusions to other fields too. Rapid technological advancement, big data, A.I., and the subsequent creation of new forms of employment will impact almost every industry to some degree.The book is short, but could stand to be shorter still- it reiterates a lot of the same points and seems unnaturally drawn out. For the lawyers in my office, however, the book has been informative and fascinating. Its predictions for the future come with advice and guidance on successfully navigating them, and it serves as a compelling call to action for those willing to listen. I give it a 7.5 out of 10.

  • Julian Chan-Diaz
    2019-02-09 10:13

    Nothing entirely new if you're familiar to the growing concerns of automation. However, this book does explore in depth the role of technology in law and the belligerent attitude lawyers have towards technology and how the legal world is changing in order to accommodate new technology. It's an informative handbook on the speculative future of the legal work environment, specifically useful to anyone considering pursuing a career as a lawyer.

  • Braňo Welter
    2019-01-22 16:17

    I would recommend this book as a quick read. It is inspirational, however mostly conceptual - not much specific information. I expect there will be future editions where more drivers of change will be added - for example E-governments, E-signatures, digitalisation of B2G processes, even automatisation (via API) between Businesses and Governmental agencies. Still, a must read for any lawyer that wants to stay in business, or better yet wants to enter the business in a clever way.

  • Vincent
    2019-02-03 12:10

    Where the law is headed is something that everyone should be paying attention to. The ideas presented in this book are thought provoking and made me think about where the law will be 20 years from now.

  • Natalie
    2019-02-16 10:22

    short, succinct, easy to read and incredibly informative. one of my favorite reads of the year.

  • Natalie Banta
    2019-02-08 09:16

    Interesting and a little irritating, it's never too early to begin thinking about how technology will shape the future of the law.

  • Alexander
    2019-01-21 17:07

    It is very much an "introduction" rather than a deep analysis. But it's worth 5 stars because, in my view, the analysis and conclusions are spot on.

  • ALEX
    2019-02-05 16:13

    This book does make me kind of nervous about going into law. I do think it is a useful read for anyone who is interested in beginning a career in law or anyone who is currently in the legal profession as the author outlines what he predicts what the future in legal professions will be like - how the profession will change, what kinds of jobs will be available, what skill sets future lawyers should have, etc. I have seen some of the discussion points mentioned in the book in action (e.g., e-filing, online platforms that offer legal services), and I suppose my only opinion, regarding his "predictions", is it's definitely something to think about and probably wouldn't hurt to prepare yourself for. My main criticism of this book is that it did not have to be as long as it was; it was extremely repetitive and would have been much better if were cut down a bit.

  • Barun Ghimire
    2019-01-29 16:03

    The legal profession is changing in an unprecedented way. Fellow young lawyers, want to time travel and see what FUTURE is going to look like? Do read this amazing book.This book as must read for law students, lawyers, judges and anyone associated with legal fraternity.P.S. Also make sure your clients never get their hand to this book.

  • Carl Clarke
    2019-02-15 16:58

    Unfortunately dated at this stage but a good read nonethelessThe legal world is moving quicker than outlined. Impossible to keep pace with the change but Susskind has been proven correct thus far