Regulatory Barriers to the Growth of Multijurisdictional Virtual Law Firms and Potential First Steps to Their Removal

62 Pages Posted: 13 Jun 2012

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Stephanie L. Kimbro

Stanford Law School - Center on the Legal Profession

Date Written: June 1, 2012

Abstract

The spread of disruptive technologies to the legal profession is changing the dynamic of how law firms are structured as well as the value propositions associated with the delivery of legal services. The number of law firms with a national presence has grown due to the cost benefits and efficiency of using cloud computing. New models for expansion across jurisdictional boundaries are increasing. However, the regulatory barriers to create these new firm structures are numerous and costly. This paper reviews the evolution of technology in multijurisdictional firms and examines the primary regulatory barriers to their further development. A starting point for standardization of regulations is proposed as well as potential first-steps to removing barriers to the growth of multijurisdictional virtual law firms.

Keywords: legal ethics, multijurisdictional, virtual law firm, disruptive technology

Suggested Citation

Kimbro, Stephanie L., Regulatory Barriers to the Growth of Multijurisdictional Virtual Law Firms and Potential First Steps to Their Removal (June 1, 2012). North Carolina Journal of Law and Technology, Vol. 13, No. 165, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2083736

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