A Natural Experiment in How Lawyers Work

J.B. Ruhl
The shock the pandemic has caused goes beyond how much lawyers work—it has been a natural experiment in how lawyers work.

The shock the pandemic has caused goes beyond how much lawyers work—it has been a natural experiment in how lawyers work.

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The Post-Normal Times is a column that follows trends in the legal industry, legal technologies, legal innovation, and access to legal services and offers insights into how new lawyers can turn them from agents of change into agents of opportunity. 

Way back in November, before the world changed, I wrapped up my Vanderbilt Law School class on the legal industry and reflected on how the course had changed since first offered seven years prior. The nation was crawling out of the Great Recession, and the legal industry was still reeling. The mood in my class was tense. Guest lecturers agreed on one point—the good old days were over. My students then had enough sense of what the good old days were like to feel cheated out of the opportunity to enjoy them. At the same time, no one knew what the future would look like—how different would it be.

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