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Delawyering the Corporation

26 Pages Posted: 10 Dec 2011  

Larry E. Ribstein

University of Illinois College of Law (deceased); PERC - Property and Environment Research Center

Date Written: December 9, 2011

Abstract

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.

JEL Classification: K20, K22, K4, K41, K42

Suggested Citation

Ribstein, Larry E., Delawyering the Corporation (December 9, 2011). Illinois Program in Law, Behavior and Social Science Paper No. LBSS11-39. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1970376 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1970376

Larry Edward Ribstein (Contact Author)

University of Illinois College of Law (deceased)

PERC - Property and Environment Research Center

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