BigLaw Is Less Reliant On Lawyers In High-Tech World

Law360, New York (April 12, 2017, 1:36 PM EDT) -- In today’s legal industry, the traditional partner-track lawyer is increasingly being replaced by technology, processes and people that can get the job done faster and cheaper.

That doesn’t mean law firm partners are a dying breed or robot lawyers are poised to take over, but it does mean law firms are handing an increasing number of tasks once performed by associates to machines, contract attorneys and even nonlawyers in order to scale back on costs and increase efficiencies.

That trend is transforming the legal sector, according to Jordan Furlong, an author and legal industry analyst at Law21.

“Before, the only way...

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