The work of law firms is no longer done solely by attorneys, paralegals, and legal secretaries. Now more than ever, law firms are partnering with outside vendors to enable greater efficiencies. Document review done by temporary workers and outsourced "legal" work performed out of the country are two faces of the new legal practice. Other vendors, like Novus Law, are stepping in to use technology and design efficiencies to help attorneys get work done more quickly and less expensively than ever before.
It doesn't mean there isn't work for new attorneys. It does mean, however, that models of legal employment may be changing. Keeping up to date on these trends is half the battle.
Who's Eating Law Firms' Lunch? (ABA Journal)