January 26, 2012 | Kira Insights
Increasingly powerful technology is transforming industries worldwide, and there’s more to come. Even white collar work like that done by lawyers and doctors is more-and-more susceptible to tech-driven change.
December 16, 2011 | Kira Insights
Was out for drinks last night with a pair of my former Biglaw colleagues. Talk turned to junior lawyer work. One of my companions started as a corporate associate at a large law firm in the early 1990s, the other as a corporate associate at a different large law firm in the early 2000s.
November 11, 2011 | Kira Insights
The New York Times recently ran a long, detailed and worth-reading article entitled “What They Don’t Teach Law Students: Lawyering”. The title pretty much says it all: (1) Law schools are stocked with legal scholars not lawyers (“… the median amount of practical experience [of hires at top-tier law schools] was one year, and half of faculty members had never practiced law for a single day”) focussed on often esoteric research; and (2) The high cost of all this faculty research (roughly $575 million/year) is borne by highly indebted law students, who graduate law school not knowing how to practice law.
October 27, 2011 | Kira Insights
The Wall Street Journal recently ran a piece on the growing number of corporate clients who refuse to pay to have junior lawyers staffed on their matters (also see the WSJ Law Blog post on the article and Ashby Jones on Mean Street being interviewed about the trend).