The future of lawyers is a hot topic these days. Some suggest that technology- especially the rise of artificial intelligence (AI)- will render many obsolete. Others point to the incursion of other professional groups- notably the Big Four and consultancies- into what was once the “legal” space. There’s no end to the “evidence” marshaled to support the death of lawyers.
Prophesying lawyers’ future has become a cottage industry. It has made Richard Susskind famous; drawn institutional money and entrepreneurs into the once-static legal space; and created a ripple effect on the legal Academy.