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Future Legal Jobs That Will Replace Traditional Lawyer Roles

Lawyers are beginning to worry that the legal tech wave will render many law jobs obsolete. One thing is for sure: mundane tasks like demand letters are already on their way to the computers. So what tasks will be left for humans? And what future jobs will lawyers likely be holding?

To maintain job security these days, it's all about adaptation.

If you’re looking to modernize the way you schedule appointments, you might want to check out Microsoft Bookings. The new Office 360 application out of Redmond lets you schedule and manage appointments online. Bookings eliminates the need for clients to call in to schedule a check-in, or to ping pong emails back and forth to set up a time to confer with opposing counsel.

The way Bookings works is not so different from how you might schedule a haircut, doctor’s appointment, or dinner reservation these days — online and fairly seamlessly. Could it work for a law firm?

Who Owns the Creation of an Artificial Intelligence?

This question is becoming increasingly relevant every day: who owns the product of an artificial intelligence?

Why, the owner of the machine, of course. But is that answer really quite so obvious? After all, who owns the machine if the machine itself is difficult to define? And even more curious, can an intelligence be owned? And should it?

You can hold depositions in three states, in a single day, all from your office. You can interview potential associates without flying them into town. You can see what your cat does while you're at work all day. The future is here -- if you've got the right video conferencing software.

And no, not all video conferencing platforms at the same. You can't share your screen while streaming in Facetime, for example, and you're not going to get much in the way of customer service if you're getting face-to-face on Gchat. Indeed, when it comes to video conferencing, some of the small names are much better than the big guys.

If you want to find the cutting edge of law and technology, don't only look to BigLaw Bitcoin practices, AI innovators, or even lawyers turned techies. Look to corporate legal departments, as well.

A shift in corporate culture is driving in-house legal departments to "invest more than ever before in refining their operations to deliver more efficient and predictable legal services," according to Inside Counsel. And, in doing so, many of those legal departments are forging the legal tech frontier.

Cloud Tech and IT Is Evolving Fast, to Small Firms' Benefit

Most attorneys don't practice in a massive firm, but go it alone or work with a few partners. That's about 84 percent of us. That's right, four out of five lawyers (plus change) are having to handle a significant amount of our own law firm functioning.

But fear not, it looks like the demands of the market have created a solution that might give some smaller players in the game some hope. Legal tech is starting to take small firms seriously, to the small practitioner's benefit.

Technology is essential to today’s legal practice, from your website, to your practice management software, to simple word processing tricks. But you’re a lawyer, not an IT specialist. So when it comes to setting up your firm’s intranet, evaluating cloud computing security, or figuring out what’s wrong with your email, sometimes it’s necessary to bring in a little help.

Enter the legal tech consultant. A legal tech consultant can be a lifesaver for your practice, whether you’re rebuilding your firm’s computer infrastructure or just looking to improve your staff’s document management competency. But, like with all hires, you’ll want to make sure you’re bringing the right consultant on board. Here are some common mistakes to avoid.

Legal Tech: Responsibility of the Attorney or Paralegal?

Legal tech is now firmly rooted in the legal landscape. Younger attorneys who are more fluent in technology may take to legal tech like fish to water. But older and tech-phobic attorneys may not be so lucky. If you're job hunting, you may have noticed that a lot of the job requirements ask for a certain level of fluency in case-management or trial prep software.

But who's responsible for staying current with legal tech? Can an attorney pass this responsibility along to a paralegal?

Law firm inefficiencies don't just make legal work slower and more cumbersome, they also rob lawyers of income. Firms constantly write down hours for tasks that were spent inefficiently, reducing client bills for work that took too long to complete and taking potential income away from attorneys.

Just how much money do such write-downs cost? Tens of thousands of dollars per lawyer, per year, according to a new study by the Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute.

When it comes to technology and the law, the future might not be here yet, but it's on its way. Despite the legal industry's reputation as a cautious adopter of innovative technology, some lawyers are starting to take steps towards integrating cutting-edge tech into their practices.

But you don't have to be a BigLaw firm or a massive tech enthusiast to start testing out technology that could change the legal practice. There are some you can start using today.