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Tomorrow's Lawyers


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Introduction PART ONE: RADICAL CHANGES IN THE LEGAL MARKET 1: Three Drivers of Change 2: Strategies for Success 3: Commoditizing the Law 4: Working Differently 5: Disruptive Legal Technologies PART TWO: THE NEW LANDSCAPE 6: The Future for Law Firms 7: The Shifting Role of In-House Lawyers 8: The Timing of the Changes 9: Access to Justice and Online Legal Services 10: Judges, IT, Virtual Courts, and ODR PART THREE: PROSPECTS FOR YOUNG LAWYERS 11: New Jobs for Lawyers 12: Who Will Employ Young Lawyers? 13: Training Lawyers for What? 14: Replacing the Old Training Ground 15: Questions to Ask Employers 16: The Long-term

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Richard Susskind OBE is an author, speaker, and independent adviser to international professional firms and national governments. He is President of the Society for Computers and IT Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice. He holds professorships at Oxford University, UCL, Strathclyde University, and Gresham College. His work has been translated into more than 10 languages, and he has been invited to speak in over 40 countries.


`Review of Tomorrow's Lawyers: 'In Tomorrow's Lawyers, Susskind achieves what very few people attempt and hardly anyone achieves, namely to predict the future in a complex field, in an inspired, credible, and engaging way. Nobody has better credentials to write about the current and future effects of the ongoing electronic and economic revolution on the rule and practice of law.' Lord Neuberger, President of the UK Supreme Court `Review of Tomorrow's Lawyers: 'Aimed at an audience much in need of optimism, hope and insight, Susskind has produced a concise, readable and thought provoking guide for young lawyers on how to think about their future.' Professor David Wilkins, Harvard Law School `Review of Tomorrow's Lawyers: 'For years, Susskind has challenged lawyers to reinvent the way we work. Now, in Tomorrow's Lawyers, he presents his clearest picture yet of what the future has in store.' Hugh Verrier, Chairman, White & Case `Review of Tomorrow's Lawyers: 'A must-read for anyone interested in the future of legal services. Insightful, thought provoking and challenging, Susskind has clearly identified the inexorable forces that will drive change.' David Allgood, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Royal Bank of Canada `Review of Tomorrow's Lawyers: 'Susskind's best book yet, Tomorrow's Lawyers unleashes with explosive energy the disruptive trends liberating the legal industry from centuries of conservatism. An enjoyable read that lights up the future.' David Morley, Senior Partner, Allen & Overy `Review of The Future of Law : 'This book is of immense importance to everyone concerned with the future of the justice system. The opportunities which information technology bring to the law are difficult for the great majority of lawyers including judges to comprehend. It is vital that we do. Richard Susskind's remarkable insights should be read by every judge, lawyer, law teacher and law student.' Lord Woolf `Review of The Future of Law: 'Like so many other fields, the legal field needs some new thinking. This book performs a very valuable service in showing why and how information technology not only makes possible some new thinking but also demands it.' Edward de Bono `Review of Transforming the Law: 'At the intersection of law and information technology - a place of both opportunity and risk - no one sees as clearly, thinks as cleverly, or writes as compellingly as Richard Susskind. Transforming the Law is a masterful guide to this challenging landscape.' Michael Mills `Review of Transforming the Law: 'Professor Susskind has had profound influence on the practice of law in the past decade. These essays provide a good indication of his power of analysis and of the originality of much of his thinking.' Financial Times `Review of The End of Lawyers?: 'This book paints a scary future. But as a call to arms, to embrace the future, it lays down a challenge for lawyers everywhere for we have no birthright, no power to avoid development, to 'freeze the frame'. Susskind makes a most persuasive case that the 'incremental revolution' has already arrived; so join it or be left on the wrong side of the barricades.' Stuart Popham `Review of The End of Lawyers?: 'Richard Susskind's predictions of 1996, in The Future of Law, can now be seen to be coming to pass. I am confident that those in this new work, where he looks even further into the future, will likewise come to pass, given the extraordinary depth of knowledge, analysis and reasoning he has brought to bear and which this book demonstrates on every page.' Lord Saville `Most thought provoking ... anyone who is contemplating a legal career today whilst still an undergraduate should read this book.' Phillip Taylor, Richmond Green Chambers

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