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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Will Lawyers Be Rendered Obsolete by Offshoring?

An article in today's Daily Telegraph posits that
some kinds of attorneys may be threatened by
increasing globalization and improved communications
technology. According to the article, between 30 and
40 million U.S. jobs, many traditionally performed by
well-educated professionals such as lawyers and accountants,
could be offsourced to workers in India and China.

The article, which draws heavily from the work of
economist Alan Blinder, suggests that the young
professionals and students must consider career choices
in the context of the new global economy. For example,
family and criminal lawyers will probably fare better
than those in positions emphasizing contract work.