Changes Taking Place In Global Law Culture

Law culture has been forged by middle-aged lawyers mainly for the peer group. The composition of this culture is homogeneous. Legal culture is highly rigid, and hierarchical. It is internally-focused, being cautious and reactive too. This is why it is relying on self-regulation in order to preserve its status quo as well as guard against any competition.

In case of legal culture, diversity seems to be missing. This is because lawyers have been trained to avoid risk and be right always. They are taught to identify problems. They are not trained to be reasonable or to fashion solutions. This is why there are specific standards of excellence created by law. These are based on the reputation earned by a lawyer. It is not based on any metrics or customer satisfaction.

What this indicates is that lawyers wish to ensure that they do not make a mistake. They do not wish to be creative in order to solve a problem. This means that lawyers are not being encouraged to become innovative. Thus legal culture is able to instill caution. There is a kind of division here. There are lawyers and the non-legal persons. It would be taking great pains in order to preserve this separation. Rather, the focus in any other industry will be the aligning of lawyers with the clients.

A dual representation is taking place in the legal profession. This is because they have to represent the individual clients as well as society. Another issue is the access being provided to justice. A majority of individuals, as well as small organizations, are not able to secure legal representation because of the high cost that is involved here. Due to this reason, lawyers may not be able to honor their social pact. Lawyers tend to use language that distinguishes them from others.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/markcohen1/2017/07/03/goodbye-guild-laws-changing-culture/#3048e38570e8