Ever since the Great Recession in 2008, the legal profession has been reeling. The sector suffered terribly during the crisis, with law firms scaling back their operations, laying off workers and taking on fewer interns. Since then, though, we’ve witnessed a remarkable turnaround. The economy isn’t exactly booming, but it is growing, and we’re seeing a significant increase in demand for legal professionals.
If you wanted to get into the legal profession in the past, you had to follow a very specific educational route. First, you’d take a law-related degree at university. Then, you’d join a legal firm and complete a further two years of training before taking your final exams and becoming qualified. While that basic structure remains in place, technology is having a profound impact on how people get there. No longer do you have to attend physical premises and sit through lectures: you’ve got options.
Institutions that teach law, for instance, are increasingly changing their approach. They’re using digital tools that are slowly replacing traditional printed materials, which cuts waste and help with learning.
Law schools are also changing in their focus. Students are being taught in a way that increases their technical and business acumen, owing to the problems that they are likely to face when they enter the world of work. It’s not just about knowledge of the law, but the technical systems with which it interacts.
Are you planning on getting a law degree? If so, check out the following infographic. It shows you just how much legal education is changing.
Infographic by USC