For many decades going to law school in Australia virtually guaranteed graduates a long and prosperous career, where often the sky was the limit when it came to their income potential. The field of law was like some mystical realm that us regular folk didn’t have access to and could never hope to comprehend.
In the last 15 years or so that’s all changed. With the advent of the internet and the massive growth of online content – in many cases accessible for free – more and more people are turning to the internet for information and advice.
And it isn’t just the legal field that’s been affected. Many of us will now search for a medical diagnosis online rather than visiting the GP. That might not be a wise idea, but that’s the modern day reality of how the world’s changed.
Another obvious field that’s rapidly changed in the information age is the print media and journalism. While there are still hard copy newspapers and magazines available, the sales have dwindled, the industry has downsized enormously, and much of this type of media is now digital.
According to many experts in the legal industry, lawyers have been really slow to adapt to these rapid changes and are at risk of seeing their once lucrative businesses becoming less relevant, unless they are willing to make some changes.
Law firms no longer have a complete monopoly on the law. It’s no longer that mystical realm that mere mortals could never hope to penetrate or understand. Law graduates are leaving university to face an uncertain future these days, with less and less entry level jobs available at the established law firms. While some lawyers refuse to believe that any of these changes are permanent, this really is the new normal.
With law firms downsizing, cutting back, reducing costs and going online to get your business, the field is ripe for the harvest for everyone in Australia who needs legal assistance, but doesn’t have a big bank roll to pay for it.
One of the best ways to access lawyers who are adapting to and embracing change is through an innovative new platform called The Law App.
Lawyers make themselves available on The Law App while potential clients post briefs that detail their issue they need resolved. When a client posts a brief, they also include their maximum budget for the service. Lawyers then write proposals and bid on the briefs, hoping to land the work.