MCLE Self-Study Article Outsourcing of Legal Services
By Kevin E. Mohr
This article offers 1 hours self-study MCLE credit in Legal Ethics. This article is posted in our self-study catalog HERE.
Most lawyers to some extent have either directly or through intermediaries âoutsourcedâ legal or legal-related services,1 ranging from using a local photocopy shop to reproduce documents or a company to shred those same documents when no longer needed, through hiring a vendor to provide and maintain a law firmâs computer system, or bringing on board temporary lawyers to assist in handling complex litigation or a corporate acquisition. Outsourcing can provide large, small, and solo firms with the advantages of reduced costs and increased flexibility in handling complex client matters. With the exponential growth of the Internet during the âdot.comâ boom in the late 1990âs and early 2000âs, in particular the construction of a fiber optic infrastructure that made global high-speed web and e-mail communications commonplace, the potential for effectively delegating abroad professional services, including legal services, became a reality.