What Is Law New?

Law new refers to the legal industry’s current process of implementing changes that deliver impactful, customer-centric service. This is a change process that resembles that of other industries that produce products and services at the speed of their customers. It’s also one that enables the industry to thrive by delivering value at a lower price point and leveraging technology, process, and multidisciplinary expertise.

Often, the term is used to describe alternative legal service providers (ALSPs), though it can also be applied to the entire industry of lawyers and firms. It’s an attempt to distinguish these organizations from traditional legal firms.

The term “new law” has been tossed around as an umbrella for a diverse group of initiatives, including:

In the past few years, the industry’s focus has shifted from cost reduction to delivering more value to clients. Firms have been forced to cut salaries, reduce overhead, and find cheaper operating locations. While these efforts are important to the industry, they don’t make it “new.”

Rather, what makes something new is how it is accomplished. For example, the automotive industry routinely collaborates with competitors to design products, develop processes, and improve performance. The legal industry needs to follow suit.

It’s important to remember that while “law new” is a catchall industry term, it is not synonymous with innovation. In order for a change to be labeled as law new, it must produce results that are meaningful to legal consumers and society at large. Otherwise, it’s simply a matter of adding new icing to an old cake.

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