The legal profession for millennials

The legal profession for millennials

Technology is changing the legal profession, and the next generation of lawyers will practise law in very different ways. We talked to a range of experts to find out how young lawyers can best position themselves. This article forms part of our special report into the future of law. Open the report here.

Emerging lawyers, emerging technology

Developments in technology are shaping every aspect of modern life and the legal profession is by no means immune from this. In all likelihood, ‘law’ as we know it will be significantly changed for the next generation of lawyers. There are already reports that the increased use of tools such as artificial intelligence (AI), predictive coding and automated contractual drafting to carry out routine legal services will result in fewer junior lawyers being needed for this work in future. While this may bring increased opportunities for related roles such as legal technology professionals, lawyers themselves will need to be doing a very different job from their predecessors.

There is a tendency to assume that the intellectual make-up of lawyers will evolve naturally as technology moves on, but this is not necessarily the case, as Matt Ballantine, consultant at Stamp London, explains ‘there’s a cheap analysis today that millennials ‘get’ tech in a way that earlier generations don’t. This is nonsense— it’s like saying I should ‘get’ (and now drive) cars in better ways than my parents.’ Stephen Turner, founder of Lawyers of Tomorrow, agrees, ‘millennials may be good at consuming single-purpose applications, such as social media, but no one gets a free pass when it comes to complex, multi-purpose commercial software where the user has to do something productive, or progress through various stages.’

This article forms part of our special report into the future of law. Open the report here.


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