TECHNOLOGY IS CHANGING THE PRACTICE OF LAW
The new era
Advancements in technology are reshaping our world.
By analysing the needs of people living in this era, we invent new products and services every day to meet those needs and constantly question how to improve our experience of this world and our interactions using technological inventions. Justice actors, although coming from a traditionally conservative approach, are not immune to this change. Recently, they also have started getting curious about the promises of technology for the justice system. Access to justice and our legal system is far from efficient, and there are great opportunities for offering legal services in new, less costly, more client-friendly ways.
Powerful market forces drive the increasing infiltration of technology in the legal industry. While these fundamental shifts and further advancements in technology encourage innovation and efficiency, the very nature of the law practice is also changing.
And to maintain a competitive advantage, lawyers must understand the trends and embrace these changes. Now, the legal industry is transitioning from a traditional model of one-to-one consultative legal services to one where technology enables one-to-many legal solutions.
Advances in information technology, especially artificial intelligence, and machine learning, are making it possible to automate knowledge worker tasks that have long been considered impossible or impractical for computers to perform. Such facilities open up possibilities for sweeping change in how legal work is organised and executed.
Modern practice management, document automation, analytics, and prediction tools can be helpful to increase the talents of legal professionals. Machines can now assist legal professionals in doing their tasks more. Perhaps some types of legal jobs could soon become fully automated. As the delivery of legal services will shift online, mechanical cloud-based services will possibly replace human lawyers more often unless a complex legal judgment is necessary.
Thanks to the benefits offered by broadband Internet access, cloud technology, and personal computing devices, teleworking is being made increasingly possible. Such facilities lead to greater flexibility and mobility within the legal industry and empower a new age of collaboration and increased productivity as lawyers are no longer limited by their location when conducting legal work.
Technology is a significant element of working remotely, so the flexibility offered by practice management systems, virtual legal libraries, conferencing, and collaboration software, along with other technologies serving the legal industry, suggests that legal professionals will have an increased opportunity to work from virtually anywhere. Consequently, this new momentum influences change in the infrastructure of the average law practice and gives rise to the sensation of virtual law firms.
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