Paul L. Caron

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Henderson: Where Are The New Law Jobs? Legal Operations.

HendersonCool ABA Journal cover of my friend and co-blogger (The Legal Whiteboard, a member of our Law Professor Blogs Network) Bill Henderson (Indiana), What the Jobs Are: New Tech and Client Needs Create a New Field of Legal Operations:

In this article, Indiana University law professor William Henderson, who helped create the Paradigm Shift series, discusses new jobs for JDs providing a different kind of legal service in law firms, new businesses and in-house departments. These jobs blend technology and business skills with law into a field he calls legal operations. And in a profession showing little to no job growth for recent law school graduates, this field offers both steady income and new challenges to those who join it.

It's mid-March and I'm at the DocuSign conference at the Grand Hyatt in downtown San Francisco. It's a bustling gathering with a Fortune 500 vibe—room after room of people discussing various aspects of digital transaction management.

Yes, that’s right, digital transaction management. DTM. You know what that is, right?

Let me begin this story with a confession. I am a law professor. I am reputed to be an expert on the legal services industry. Until the morning of the conference, I had never heard of DocuSign, which is 33rd on the Wall Street Journal’s Billion Dollar Startup Club for September. I was also ignorant of DTM.

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