In Japan, the new bar exam has resulted in a steep increase in the overall number of lawyers to some 35,000 this spring. This compares with 22,000 in 2001. Tinkering with the cutoff score has driven down the number of those passing the bar this year to 1,810, the first time since 2006 that the number has fallen below 2,000.
Sound familiar, lawyers and law students?
Turns out the problem is not unique to America. The Japan Times continues:
Once considered a lucrative career, the practice of law is undergoing far-reaching changes that call into question the future of all except top-tier law schools.
I've written about the future of law practice before, so I'll refrain from repeating myself. But the Japan Times gets it, too:
One of the reasons for the change in the legal landscape in the U.S. is the outsourcing of legal work to India, where low-paid paralegals do the work once performed by full-fledged lawyers. In addition, the use of new software provides law firms with greater efficiencies than existed in the past.
Attention, prospective law students! Are you a robot, or a labor-saving computer program? If so, you have made the right choice. Enjoy your 1L classes and the bright career path paved before you!
The attorneys of Drewes Law have access to post and edit the blogs. Attorney Bios.