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Here is how technological advancement will impact future legal job market

Published: Education Times | Date :  March 22, 2019

Bengaluru, 22nd March, 2019 The Indian Law schools should also embrace innovation–including AI–and transform their students’ career options, writes Avinash Dadhich.

It is high time to examine and understand the potential impact of Industry 4.0 on future legal jobs and the need for a highly responsive legal education system to develop the professionals of near tomorrow. With the advancement in technologies, the legal profession seems to witness ample development in the coming years. Let’s see how recent technology framework could change the future of the legal jobs market.

Disruptive Technologies and Legal services market

When a new disruptive technology emerges in the market, the basic question that strikes our mind is how this is going to affect the professional service sector. Here, the legal profession is not an exception. Here's how it is shaping a new legal sector across the board:

AI powered software

Artificial intelligence (AI) has brought several new changes in the legal market, but to the top of everything, the technology is doubling what a man can do and thus allowing the corporates and law firms to focus more on high-level tasks. AI-based software has made the document analysis process for legal utilisation much easier. Now machine would do the job of a human by scanning the entire legal document. Hence, boosting the overall efficiency of search analysis. Using AI tools, lawyers can precisely carry out the due diligence and predict the possible legal outcomes better than the human.

Automation and Robotics

Law opportunities do not seem to cease as we consider the demand it has generated for itself in the robotics dimension. Employment rights, nanorobotics for medical devices, cybersecurity issues are few among many areas in robotics where the need for law expertise is exponentially increasing.

Digital Media and Entertainment Law

Duplex digital media such as YouTube, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hotstar, and so on have revolutionized how we perceive entertainment. Legal advisors are required explicitly with skill in the field. A legal advisor must be prepared to assist a writer to ensure the copyright of sovereignties thereof and therefore deal with the concurrences.

How law schools should train the 21st century lawyers?

Following the basic techniques might not work here unless the tutors and faculty aim to educate the aspirants considering the new legal market of our country. For instance, it is quite crucial to teach them how AI, blockchain and robotics, could affect the foreseeable legal market. Plus, what all job opportunities do it creates and how does it ease the task of a lawyer. It is quite essential for law faculties to pay a special attention to the trending technologies that is mounting by leaps and bounds.

It has been widely accepted in developed markets that law schools must find the ways to produce law graduates who are prepared for the technology driven 21st century legal market. The Indian Law schools should also embrace innovation–including AI–and transform their students’ career options. They should also focus on service-oriented soft skills such as communication and emotional intelligence, negotiation, presentations, meetings, project management and teamwork.

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