Legal futurist says profession has five years to reinvent itself
By 2020 "massive technological advances" will reshape legal practice, renowned legal futurist Professor Richard Susskind says.
Susskind says computer systems will soon be able to accurately diagnose and respond to clients' legal problems.
The author of "The End of Lawyers" and "The Future of the Professions" said rather than regarding imminent change as a threat, lawyers, and particularly graduates, should welcome the opportunity to become "knowledge engineers, designers and process analysts".
"For the next five years the legal profession will work on using better human resource models, delegate to paralegals, move to better locations and give lawyers far better systems," he said.
"In the 2020s we will see technologies that change the way we work – you are no longer face-to-face advisers, you are a person putting in systems and processes.
"It is not that there are no jobs in the future, but the 2020s will be a decade of redeployment not unemployment. It is not an emergency but over the next five years we have to prepare. More and more legal services will be enabled by the support of new technology.
"You can say 'that is for the technology industry to sort out', or you can be part of the technology industry."
Last updated on the 16th September 2019