We started our mission to change the way the law was practiced in 2009 with LAWction. We were graduating during one of the worst economic downturns and many of our classmates were being underemployed if they were even lucky enough to have a legal job. At the other end of the spectrum, we witnessed people that did not have access to legal services whether it be because of financial reasons or lack of awareness of programs that existed. So, we embarked on a mission, to break down the barriers to legal services while keeping lawyers working.
Run the Call strives to proactively keep legal services domestic and to provide cost-effective solutions for lawyers to survive the economic downturn.
In August 2008,the ABA released its formal opinion regarding legal outsourcing to other countries. This could not have come at a worse time for lawyers and law students who are already scrambling for scarce jobs among an increased pool of highly qualified candidates. Indian attorneys make about $10,000 a year, which isn’t even what one semester of law school at most U.S.law schools would cost.
While we agree with the notion of providing cost-effective solutions for clients, we do not believe that outsourcing to India is the answer. With more than 44,000 US law students graduating this year, ample opportunity exists to take advantage of a qualified labor pool in the US.
Moreover,these lawyers or law students are specifically trained in the US Legal System. And while some outsourcing agencies boast that Indian law students are taught a common law system, the only similarity between their legal system and ours is that they both derived from England. This proposition by outsourcing firms ignores a critical part of legal training–the social, practical implications of practicing law in the US.
While outsourcing is basically a one-sided transaction, Run the Call aims to provide a more interactive forum for three reasons: (1) increase the quality of the finished product; (2) minimize the risk of a dispute;and (3) comply with the professional ethics guidelines of Diligence,Supervision, …