About the Issues

Much has been written about what the future of the legal profession will look like. While most observers tend to agree on the drivers of change – the economy, globalization, technology, empowered clients and the need for increased access to justice, there are competing visions of where those forces will take the profession. Some practitioners remain unconvinced that anything needs to be done. Others aren’t waiting for the future – they’re changing what they do and how they do it, now. And many are making it work in ways that skeptics are disproving, and futurists point to as a good start.

In order to nail down some firmer answers, the Futures Initiative has authored a comprehensive summary of original research. The initiative has also broken out a few key issues to be studied by hand-picked teams, with practical and innovative recommendations to be added back into the mix.

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Read The Report

The CBA draws out the themes from the background papers and identifies the overarching trends and issues that the legal profession will likely face in the future marketplace.

Ethics and Regulatory Issues

Does our regulatory framework need to change as more non-legal professionals enter the industry? What values and services remain innate to the legal profession as new business structures are adopted?

Education and Training

Students aren’t being taught practical skills; clients are less willing to underwrite the training of new associates. Whose job is it to teach and train, and what’s the best curriculum?

Business Structures and Innovation

No more partners? Non-legal management? Public ownership? All are up for discussion as the team studies what business models will best position the legal profession for success.