Among the 71 titles in Brooklyn Law School Library latest New Books List is a must read for today’s law students. Richard Susskind’s newest volume on the legal profession, Tomorrow’s Lawyers: An Introduction to Your Future (Call #K120 .S87 2013), predicts major changes coming in the world of law with the emergence of virtual courts, Internet-based global legal businesses, online document production, commoditized service, legal process outsourcing, and web-based simulated practice.
Susskind, author of an earlier book also in the BLS Library collection, The End of Lawyers?: Rethinking the Nature of Legal Services (Call # K87 .S865 2010), foresees the liberalization of legal markets, with new jobs for lawyers and new employers. The book is a definitive guide to this future for aspiring lawyers, and for all who want to modernize the legal and justice system. It offers practical guidance for those who intend to build careers and businesses in law and identifies the key drivers of change, such as the economic downturn, considering how these will shape the legal marketplace. The book sketches out the new legal landscape as Susskind envisions it, highlighting the changing role of law firms and in-house lawyers and the coming of virtual hearings and online dispute resolution. He also suggests solutions to major concerns within the legal profession, such as diminishing public funding, and explores alternative roles for future lawyers in a world increasingly dominated by IT.