The pace at which change is accelerating towards is at a very high speed brought about by communication, technological advances and globalism. A report by Dell Technologies on reports about business and academic experts, show that about 85% of the jobs by 2030 will have to be invented. Virtual reality and augmented reality will be the technologies people use in the learning process. This also applies to the lawyers whereby a 2016 report on legal industry predicting that profound reforms are set for the next ten years. This was fueled by many factors such as changing client demands, the rise of millennials in workplace and automation. Deloitte had a projection of a 39% job loss in the sector. This is quite realistic having that Deloitte has the world’s largest share of legal services.
The clients seem to be control over the lawyers due to the transition shift of labor-intensive guild to customer focused industry. Technology and business are working handy with the legal education and training in the market places. In return, clients want a cost-effective, accessible, scalable and predictive delivery of legal services. The skill gap has created a big gap between demand and supply of qualified labor. It is due to the type of skills required in the practice. Most of the legal schools focus on the doctrinal law and how to think like a lawyer. This is merged with light practice skills, business of law skills and practice skills. This has led to shortage of high caliber professionals with the required specialized technical and business skills.
The main challenge facing the industry is on how to identify, train, deploy and scale the professionals. The solution involves two steps which are augmentation of legal expertise and the legal professions economic, organizational and cultural parity stand. Law without Walls refers to a part-virtual learning experiment program designed for lawyers practice. It is headed by Michele DeStefano of University of Miami Law School. He uses team building, mentorship and inter-displinary approach to foster workable relationships. LWOL provides its students with the today’s-required skills on the legal profession. The program is quite hands on as compared to the others. In summary, the skill gap within the law is the byproduct of the culture war between the wide legal industry and lawyers. It is quite difficult adjusting from a profession to a deeper profession within an industry.