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Digitalization of the Legal Field and the Future of Large Law Firms

iCourts, the Centre of Excellence for International Courts, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, Karen Blixens Plads 16, 2300 Copenhagen, Denmark
Received: 13 May 2020 / Revised: 16 June 2020 / Accepted: 16 June 2020 / Published: 21 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Laws and Emerging Technologies)
This paper discusses how large law firms should re-organize themselves to maintain a competitive edge in the increasingly digitalized legal field. While providing a brief historical introduction to the rise of large law firms and the challenges posed by the rise of digital capitalism and the gig economy, the paper proposes an original and radical approach to reforming large law firms in the light of the digitalization. Among other things, the paper discusses (I) the partnership as organizational tool for large law firms in an increasingly digital and agile legal field; (II) the importance of multidisciplinary practices and of the relationship between lawyers and non-lawyers within firms; and (III) the centrality of outsourcing strategies to legal tech companies and other actors in order to deliver legal services more effectively and in a more client-oriented manner. View Full-Text
Keywords: digitalization; large law firms; sociology of law digitalization; large law firms; sociology of law
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Caserta, S. Digitalization of the Legal Field and the Future of Large Law Firms. Laws 2020, 9, 14. https://doi.org/10.3390/laws9020014

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Caserta S. Digitalization of the Legal Field and the Future of Large Law Firms. Laws. 2020; 9(2):14. https://doi.org/10.3390/laws9020014

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Caserta, Salvatore. 2020. "Digitalization of the Legal Field and the Future of Large Law Firms" Laws 9, no. 2: 14. https://doi.org/10.3390/laws9020014

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