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ISBN-13: 978-0199668069 ISBN-10: 019966806X Edition: 1st
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"In Tomorrow's Lawyers, Susskind achieves what very few people attempt and hardly anyone achieves, namely to predict the future in a complex field, in an inspired, credible, and engaging way. Nobody has better credentials to write about the current and future effects of the ongoing electronic and economic revolution on the rule and practice of law."
--Lord Neuberger, President of the UK Supreme Court


"Aimed at an audience much in need of optimism, hope and insight, Susskind has produced a concise, readable and thought provoking guide for young lawyers on how to think about their future."
--Professor David Wilkins, Harvard Law School


"For years, Susskind has challenged lawyers to reinvent the way we work. Now, in Tomorrow's Lawyers, he presents his clearest picture yet of what the future has in store."
--Hugh Verrier, Chairman, White & Case


"A must-read for anyone interested in the future of legal services. Insightful, thought provoking and challenging, Susskind has clearly identified the inexorable forces that will drive change."
--David Allgood, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Royal Bank of Canada


"Susskind's best book yet, Tomorrow's Lawyers unleashes with explosive energy the disruptive trends liberating the legal industry from centuries of conservatism. An enjoyable read that lights up the future."
--David Morley, Senior Partner, Allen & Overy


"Susskind's in-depth understanding of his subject and ability to explain his views with real clarity has resulted in a thoughtful book which, in only 165 pages, covers many key issues of concern to law firms today. When it comes to keeping up with technology, Susskind is again true to his word."
--Joanna Goodman, The Law Society Gazette


"This concise book is a compelling glimpse into the near-future of legal services, and provides invaluable information for tomorrow's lawyers."
--Colman Candy, Irish Times


"Susskind has a knack for taking complex and complicated issues and making them simple and easy to understand. He has a clear message for in-house lawyers: the legal world is changing; law firms are changing; and law departments must change as well. This book is worth reading - it will make you think. And, hopefully help you prepare for the future. After all, law departments must adapt to the changes going on around us."
--Fred Krebs, Canadian Lawyer Magazine


"I highly recommend this book to all astute, forward-thinking lawyers who seek to innovate the delivery of legal services in response to consumer demand driven by technological change."
--Nicole Black, law.com


"Far and away the best analyst and predictor of the evolution of the legal marketplace is Richard Susskind, the U.K.-based academic and futurist. If you're in any kind of management or leadership role in law (or you just care about your own career), I would say it's a prerequisite to read Tomorrow's Lawyers."
--Paul Lippe, ABA Journal


"Richard Susskind is the John Naisbitt of legal megatrends. He's shaken us up for years with The End of Lawyers? (2008), Transforming the Law (2000), and The Future of Law (1996). Like Naisbitt, he won't be right on all of the particulars when we have the luxury of grading him 30 years down the road. But some of his predictions are already upon us."
--Don Philbin, (President of Picture It Settled®), Alternatives to the High Cost of Litigation Newsletter, June 2013


"Are you ready for the challenge? Can you embrace the unfolding future and build a law practice that is viable and sustainable? Will you take your place as one of tomorrow's lawyers? What lies ahead may be found in Susskind's latest book, Tomorrow's Lawyers: An Introduction to Your Future, which is essential reading for moving forward in a changing legal landscape. So what are you waiting for? Get reading!"
--Sheila M. Blackford, Editor-in-Chief of Law Practice Magazine (ABA)


"The legal profession is usually pretty stable. For decades now, young attorneys could make reliable assumptions about their futures at law firms or in-house legal departments. But according to legal futurist Richard Susskind, the profession of law is about to change fundamentally. During the past 25 years, Susskind's legal industry predictions have been proven accurate, so his description of likely dramatic future changes for lawyers is credible. getAbstract recommends Susskind's analysis (some of which is more current diagnosis than future prognostication) to young lawyers, partners and anyone with ambitions in the field of law. Older attorneys and leaders of law firms and in-house legal departments will benefit by considering Susskind's predictions and making the operational changes needed to stay current." --getAbstract, Life and Leisure NJ


"Once again, Richard Susskind offers an interesting and provocative book about the legal profession...He impresses the reader with his knowledge of changing economics and how technology has modernized other sectors more rapidly; then he leaves the reader to analyze his theories about the future." -Judy Janes, Law Library Journal


About the Author


Richard Susskind OBE is an acclaimed author, speaker, and independent adviser to international professional firms and national governments. He is President of the Society for Computers and the IT Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice. He holds professorships at Oxford University, University College London, and elsewhere. His work has been translated into more than 10 languages, and he has been invited to speak in over 40 countries.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (March 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019966806X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199668069
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.4 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Professor Richard Susskind OBE is an author, speaker, and independent adviser to international professional firms and national governments. He is President of the Society for Computers and Law, IT Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice, and Chair of the Advisory Board of the Oxford Internet Institute. He holds professorships at Oxford University, University College London, Strathclyde University, and Gresham College. He is the author of numerous books, including Tomorrow's Lawyers (OUP, 2013), The End of Lawyers? (2008), Transforming the Law (2000), The Future of Law (1996) and Expert Systems in Law (1987). His work has been translated into more than 10 languages, and he has been invited to speak in over 40 countries.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael Lewyn VINE VOICE on July 4, 2013
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This book predicts that the UK and the US will need fewer lawyers, because much work that has historically been done by lawyers (especially younger, less-skilled lawyers) can be done by computers, paralegals or someone working cheaply out of a non-First-World office. To the extent that lawyers will find new jobs in large numbers, they will do so not by using traditional legal skills than by organizing the paralegals and computers.

I don't consider myself enough of an expert either to intelligently agree or intelligently disagree with Susskind's views. I do think, however, that Susskind's book is concise and readable- so if you want to read a statement of Susskind's point of view, his book is worth reading.

However, it does seem to me that Susskind overestimates the ability of laypersons to resolve legal issues without hiring lawyers. He seems to think that a moderately educated layperson can avoid a lawyer by searching the Internet. But when my parents or other relatives ask me to do a little legal research, I often find that only the simplest issues can be resolved without the assistance of a specialist.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Gibbs TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 17, 2013
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Tomorrow's legal world bears little resemblance to that of the past, according to Richard Susskind in this book. The next two decades will bring more changes to legal institutions and lawyers than have the last two centuries. While traditional job opportunities for young lawyers are diminishing, a whole range of exciting new legal occupations will soon be created.

First, the bad news. The changes in the legal profession coinciding with the global recession are here to stay. Even if and when the global economy recovers, the three main drivers of change will not be going away:

* The "more for less" challenge, in which companies have been putting pressure on their general counsel to cut legal budgets by 30 to 50 percent
* Liberalisation, which is allowing people who are not qualified as lawyers to provide particular types of legal services
* Information technology, which is becoming increasingly sophisticated so that computers can perform tasks that previously required skilled lawyers

To cope with the "more for less" challenge, law firms have tried charging less and alternative fee arrangements, but these efforts fail to achieve the cost reductions demanded by clients. The only two viable strategies, according to the author, are the efficiency strategy (which finds ways of cutting the costs of legal service) and the collaboration strategy (which involves clients sharing the costs of particular legal services). These strategies will require the breaking down of legal services into standard parts and custom parts, with the standard parts being commoditised and outsourced, in-sourced or computerised.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dale E. Hower on October 16, 2013
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I thought this book was insightful and prophetic. It is chilling to think about the changes taking place in the practice of law and the impact they will have on the current structures for delivering those services. I am still reading the book, but the piece that seems to be missing is how traditional law firms transition to accomodate these changes.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Anderson on August 4, 2013
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Not particularly insightful or creative, although a very interesting topic. The author over promises, and then never quite explains how and why the future will trend in the direction he predicts. Technology has already changed the profession. That it will continue to do so in the future is not a revelation.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael H. Trotter on February 24, 2013
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"Tomorrow's Lawyers" is an excellent short presentation of Professor Susskind's predictions and observations about the future of lawyers and the legal profession. He recognizes that lawyers must learn to work more cost-effectively and that in order to do so they will have to work differently. They must master and apply constantly changing technology and systems. Corporate law departments must become proactive legal risk managers heading off problems before they occur rather than fighting fires after they have started. He may be overly pessimistic about the prospects for the many sole practitioners and small law firms that make up over half of the lawyers in America. Anyone interested in the practice of law or the legal profession would find this a stimulating and informative book.

Michael H. Trotter, Author of "Profit and the Practice of Law--What's Happened to the Legal Profession"
and of "Declining Prospects--How Extraordinary Competition and Compensation Are Changing America's Major Law Firms"
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By Shinobi on October 19, 2014
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Richard Susskind's book is comprehensive, and futuristic. He posits a future, or several scenarios, where the work of a
lawyer is more dependent on technology, artificial intelligence; and computer-assisted legal drafting.

Susskind is critical of the present model in which associates and partners work on a client's file, with the associate's work
being supervised and signed off by a partner. He calls it too expensive for one thing.

I think that Susskind is too critical of partners, and does not give them enough credit to vision the future. The average
partner in a law firm is like a shark, and can smell prey twenty miles away (metaphorically speaking).

Without giving away too many secrets, the present system of law work has evolved for a reason; and technology is a minor part of it. No one minds paying fat legal fees, since they get out-sized benefits.

In most cases, it is win-win, with bad firms being driven out by market forces.

A buy.

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