The Last Days of the American Lawyer

27 Pages Posted: 27 Jan 2010

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Thomas D. Morgan

George Washington University Law School

Date Written: January 27, 2010


An historic transformation is underway in the legal profession. It began about 40 years ago, but it has accelerated and became painfully evident by 2009. These are the “last days” of the American lawyer we once new. This paper, based on the new book, The Vanishing American Lawyer (Oxford 2010) by the same author, documents the progress and direction of the transformation.

Keywords: Lawyer, Competition, Legal Education, Law Firm, In-House Counsel, Globalization, Technological Change

JEL Classification: J44, K29, L23, L84

Suggested Citation

Morgan, Thomas D., The Last Days of the American Lawyer (January 27, 2010). Available at SSRN: or

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