An iTunes for law? Think the unthinkable retail experience.

As shoppers file past the packaged meat counter at a Korean Tesco’s built into a subway platform, brings the groceries to commuters, then delivers them to their homes.  The virtual grocery, sort of like iTunes for those who want the record store browsing experience, might give us a glimpse of the law firm of the future.

Never has the market for legal services been so mismatched.  The courts, especially in family law, are bursting at the seams with pro se litigants.  Firms, on the other hand, resist cutting back on essentials like supper club memberships for partners.  The reality is that there are not enough lawyers to go round, and not enough blue chip clients to keep some lawyers in the lifestyle to which they were once accustomed.

In my penultimate Accidental Mentor column for the Canadian LawyerI suggest the chasm in access to justice will cause us to develop a fundamentally new model for delivery of legal services.  What does this old world need?  Nothing less than a supermarket of law.

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Dans un supermarché coréen Tesco, les baladeurs dans la station de métro peuvent choisir leur produits parmi les stockages qui ne videra jamais: car les achats vont être versés à partir d’un entrepôt central.  Est-ce que cela peut inspirer le cabinet d’avocats du futur?

Le marché des services juridiques n’a jamais été si basculé.  Devant les tribunaux, surtout en droit de la famille, les auto-représentants sont nombreux.  Chez les grands cabinets, pourtant, l’espoir de la recherche des clients payants revendique le renouvellement des adhésions aux clubs exclusifs.  À dire la vérité, il n’y a pas assez d’avocats, et pas assez de clients qui peuvent payer des bons frais.

Dans ma pénultième article du Accidental Mentor pour le Canadian Lawyer, je propose que le problème de l’accès à la justice va nous forcer the contempler une façon entièrement radicale pour l’offre des services juridiques.  Ce dont on a besoin?  Rien de plus remarquable qu’un supermarché de droit.

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