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Ability to understand, anticipate client needs to be most sought-after skill among lawyers: Survey

Bengaluru: Over 90 p.c of all respondents, who’re practising attorneys foresee an rising use of digitisation and tech improvements over the subsequent 10 years that can be the most disruptive change to sweep the sector, in accordance to a survey by BML Munjal University (BMU) School of Law Vahura, a authorized search and consulting firm.

The survey finds that 42 p.c respondents indicated that over 20% of their day to day authorized work may be taken over by expertise resembling AI within the subsequent three to 5 years, and 81 p.c respondents cite the power to perceive and anticipate client needs would be the most sought-after skill among attorneys within the subsequent 3-5 years adopted by tech proficiency.

Seven in 10 respondents highlighted industrial consciousness as one of many important expertise within the subsequent three to 5 years, and 76 p.c say that the basics of regulation topics and programmes with direct sensible utility for making the coed business y ought to be the important thing focus areas for regulation faculties.

The survey, titled “Decoding the Next – Gen Legal Professional”, units out to seize the practitioners’ perspective of the apply of regulation and to establish the related expertise required of attorneys within the quickly remodeling authorized atmosphere in India.

Commissioned by the BMU School of Law, the survey informs college students who’re in search of a profession in regulation with dependable data on the way forward for authorized apply and the form of expertise required that employers worth in right now’s quickly remodeling authorized career. The survey additionally highlights the talents hole in authorized education and serves as an business reckoner to inform curriculum selections for regulation faculties.

The survey highlights that the authorized career is within the midst of serious transformation. The altering client calls for, rise of latest generations with completely different profession expectations, automation, and technological improvements resembling AI will proceed to speed up a metamorphosis within the authorized career. The survey findings showcase how attorneys see the apply of regulation altering in India over the subsequent decade. Among different vital modifications that the sector will witness, 64 p.c of respondents cite elevated competitiveness among regulation corporations whereas 49 p.c cite the expansion in in-house authorized assets by firms.

According to the report, the expertise features within the authorized area could substitute some human roles on the entry-level by the use of automating repetitive and standardised work however are expected to increase others resembling reviewing paperwork extra effectively. The survey shortlists so as of significance the qualities that younger attorneys ought to at the moment possess to be related and in demand. Research and analytics (94 p.c) tops the charts, adopted by consideration to element and a pointy eye for accuracy (93 p.c), means to work arduous (71 p.c), an openness to be taught (72 p.c) and oral and communication expertise (88 p.c).

“The survey identifies the skill gap in legal education, a gap that the Law School at BML Munjal University would like to address by making experiential learning and personalised legal education the cornerstone of its pedagogy and curriculum. In the current scenario, law schools will play a critical role in nurturing and developing lawyers who are equipped with the skills and attitudes essential for modern legal practice. I am confident that these findings would interest both industry and students,” said Sunil Kant Munjal, chancellor, BML Munjal University.

“From the outside, the legal ecosystem may appear to be stuck in a different century. This study however, shows that the legal community is acutely aware of the rapidly changing times, and as practitioners, educators and stakeholders, they are aware of the need to embrace technology and build new skill sets. The recent headlines around eCourts, online dispute resolution and legal tech are some of the more well-known examples of how significantly the practice of law is changing,” said Ritvik Lukose, CEO, Vahura.

BMU undertook this survey in April and May 2020. The survey was performed by Vahura and acquired over 200 responses from attorneys at the moment serving throughout massive, medium, small, boutique regulation corporations in main and mini metro cities of Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Pune, Hyderabad, Pune and Kolkata.

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