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Top Trends to Watch
Although still maturing, the rise of automation - most notably artificial intelligence - will significantly impact traditional legal tasks.
Mobile devices, virtual networks, video-conferencing and cloud storage have created a virtual workplace that has changed employee expectations of where and how they work.
Alternative Fee Arrangements
Alternative fee arrangements and clients moving to non-traditional law firms for legal services have placed pressure on the billable-hours pricing model and therefore firm profitability.
As companies globalize, they expect outsourced providers such as legal services to do the same, increasing the amount of cross-border expertise law firms need to remain competitive.
Millennials are the largest contingent of the national workforce, but the legal profession is aging. Rapidly retiring baby boomers are creating succession-planning challenges for law firms.
National unemployment is at the lowest level in 16 years and the amount of young professionals choosing law is declining. This is creating intense competition for attracting and retaining skilled talent.