Changing Profession, Static Education

Here's an interesting (and potentially prescient [and probably worrisome]) view of where many traditional career paths are heading. In terms of the legal profession, many practicing attorneys are themselves unprepared for unbundled services and DIY lawyering. So, predictably, indications that the profession is training future lawyers to adapt to these trends - including incoming 1Ls who will undoubtedly be faced with these changes from the day after the bar exam, along with zillions of dollars in debt - are few and far between.

Lawyers rely on precedent; we're notoriously slow to react to change. But unless and until we embark on a massive restructuring of the legal education system, we're doing a huge disservice to our future colleagues.

That said, increased public access to justice through legal service providers exemplifies the transparency and dissemination of information which the Internet was supposed to usher in. And eventually it's going to drive down costs. The lawyers who thrive in that environment will either work on contingency, or be highly specialized and able to outsource and delegate where needed. I'm happy I've developed a practice where I can pick up some of the overflow from my clients, but it's not a business model my traditional legal education anticipated, and as a self-regulating profession it's not something we can ignore much longer.