The End of Lawyers? Rethinking the Nature of Legal Services

Author and legal futurist Richard Susskind has been named a special advisor to the Canadian Bar Association to provide services as a special adviser. In this role, he will introduce, through the CBA, a wealth of new and challenging ideas about the future of the legal profession in Canada.

Concurrent with the announcement of his new role with the CBA, Richard Susskind’s latest book The End of Lawyers? Rethinking the Nature of Legal Services was released in Canada on Feb. 11 at a launch co-sponsored by the CBA and Oxford University Press.

The book is a sequel to his 1996 book The Future of Law and predicts significant new pressures on the legal marketplace and great change in the world of legal services.  He suggests that the legal profession will be driven by two forces in the coming decade: a market pull towards the commoditization of legal services, and the pervasive development and uptake of new legal technologies.  He foresees different law jobs emerging which may be highly rewarding, even if very different from those of today. And, he notes, this will ensure greater access to justice and legal insight for a greater number of people, independence of the legal profession, and protection of the rule of law.

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