An NYU professor urges lawyers and courts to drop opposition to “licensed legal technicians”.
Blog Post (Washington)
July 6, 2015
Tags: Access to Justice, Delivery Systems, Unbundling
Many factors contribute to this apparent breakdown of the law of supply and demand. Huge tuition-debt loads discourage law grads from taking low-paying public interest jobs. There’s also the bizarre reality that most grads don’t know the first thing about drafting a contract, conducting a deposition, or doing any of the other practical tasks a lawyer needs to know to make a go of it. How law schools get away with charging such high fees without imparting basic skills is a topic for another day (or many other days).
Meanwhile, Stephen Gillers, an eminent legal ethicist at New York University, has offered a partial solution to the justice gap. He recommends wider use of “licensed legal technicians,” the law biz analogue to nurse practitioners who can open their own offices and/or create partnerships with physicians.