Personal Plight Legal Practice and Tomorrow's Lawyers

21 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 2014 Last revised: 21 May 2016

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Noel Semple

University of Windsor Faculty of Law

Date Written: July 25, 2014


Commentators have predicted that machine intelligence and off-shoring will steadily undermine demand for lawyers in North America and Europe. This essay argues that this prediction is not equally valid for all types of legal practice. Personal plight practice — in which lawyers help individuals and small businesses involved in legal disputes — is largely sheltered from computerization and off-shoring. The article calls for the profession and legal educators to open doors between tomorrow’s lawyers and personal plight legal practice. Doing so will not only address the economic insecurity confronting tomorrow’s lawyers, but also enhance access to justice.

Keywords: Legal profession; information technology; off-shoring; personal plight legal practice; access to justice; legal education

Suggested Citation

Semple, Noel, Personal Plight Legal Practice and Tomorrow's Lawyers (July 25, 2014). (2014) Journal of the Legal Profession, Vol. 39, pp. 25-47, Available at SSRN: or

Noel Semple (Contact Author)

University of Windsor Faculty of Law ( email )

401 Sunset Ave.
Windsor, Ontario N9B 3P4

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