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There is a major shift in the law: New lawyers are finding many of the traditions of this venerable profession to be bending, shrinking, almost quivering. The movement is not necessarily a negative one. But the shift has many people running scared, according to the article Alternative Career Tracks Are Innovative and Necessary via Greenberg Traurig, LLP.
According to the article, "we know that change can often bring about a hint of the uncomfortable. This change is driven by outside forces, mostly economic, but also cultural and technology-driven."
Therefore, it can feel even more frightening than anything we have previously addressed. Lawyers, as a general rule, do not scare easily. But watching our profession morph into a new species can certainly wreak havoc on the psyche, the bottom line and even what we envision as "the future."
At the centerpiece of the metamorphosis is client demand for quality and value. They want a greater number of more experienced lawyers working on their matters at an affordable cost, and they do not want to pay for the “training” of new attorneys - meaning, having partners working in the trenches and finding ways to reduce their costs and examining the path of the recently graduated attorney.
Traditionally, law schools taught; law firms trained; clients paid. But if clients won’t pay for law school, why would we expect them to pay for “on the job training” for new lawyers? How can the traditional model survive if the law school won’t take into account the requirement for post-J.D. training and clients’ “a ha! moment” concerning being billed “standard” fees for the new kids around the water cooler?
Read the complete PDF article via Greenberg Traurig, LLP