Delawyering the Corporation
Larry E. Ribstein (Deceased)
University of Illinois College of Law; PERC - Property and Environment Research Center
December 9, 2011
Illinois Program in Law, Behavior and Social Science Paper No. LBSS11-39
This article shows how in-house lawyers' role has evolved to address the high cost of legal services and the traditional information asymmetry between lawyers and clients. The first stage of this evolution involved the expanding role of in-house counsel from intermediary between corporate executives and the corporation's outside law firm to the corporation's purchasing agent in a broader market for legal services. The second stage could see legal work distributed among employees with and without legal expertise throughout the corporation. The article also shows how evolving legal information technology could facilitate corporations' full-fledged integration of legal information into business decisions. These developments have potential implications for the corporate and general markets for legal services and for legal education.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 26
JEL Classification: K20, K22, K4, K41, K42
Date posted: December 10, 2011
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