The Canadian Bar Association recently published an article that asserted massive changes are needed for the legal profession to remind viable.
Much as Shakespeare might have wanted, lawyers aren’t going anywhere. But the general point is a valid one – the profession faces numerous challenges and how it both reacts to these challenges and is pro-active to confront them will determine what the profession looks like in 30, 40, 50 years.
It’s not inconceivable that the “profession” will be deregulated and non-lawyers may provide some of the services lawyers do now – arguably, this is already happening. Cost and utility of the traditional law school is also something that almost has to change.
It is easy, of course, to see today’s problems as more fundamental or unique then the problems before. There is no doubt the profession will change, but as always, it will almost certainly adjust.