Reflections on the Future of Legal Services

12 Pages Posted: 10 May 2017

Date Written: May 9, 2017


The following reflections on the future of legal services were part of an online symposium on Prawfsblawg. The symposium focused on two books: Richard Susskind & Daniel Susskind, The Future of the Professions: How Technology Will Transform the Work of Human Experts and Gillian Hadfield, Rules for a Flat World: Why Humans Invented Law and How to Reinvent it for a Complex Global Economy.

The reflections contain three parts. The first part describes the Susskinds’ prediction that technology will drive dramatic changes to the delivery of legal services and concludes that, although the Susskinds’ predictions are probably close to the mark, the changes may be more uneven than the Susskinds acknowledge. The second part discusses how law schools should respond to the rapidly evolving legal marketplace and suggests curricular changes that will put law school graduates in a better position to thrive in the 21st century. The final part discusses how the regulatory framework for legal services will need to evolve in light of the rapidly changing legal marketplace.

Suggested Citation

Perlman, Andrew, Reflections on the Future of Legal Services (May 9, 2017). Suffolk University Law School Research Paper No. 17-10, Available at SSRN:

Andrew Perlman (Contact Author)

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