Canadian Bar Association report: Futures for young lawyers

The Canadian Bar Association has published a new report, Do law differently: Futures for Young Lawyers.

CBA - Do Law Differently - Futures for Young Lawyers

It dives into the big questions facing people with new JDs and an uncertain legal industry. With profiles of many lawyers who are taking new career tracks and building unique portfolios of work, the report lays out new opportunities that young lawyers can be seizing.

The report also doubles as a guide — a very practical approach to help those who are making career and life decisions.

It started out as a question asked by the CBA Futures Initiative to young lawyers: what can we do for you that will be helpful to you in your career?

The answer came back: tell me what I need to know about – and how I can prepare for – key trends facing prospective and young lawyers.

Leading legal futures thinker Jordan Furlong sets the stage with an analysis of the current state of the profession, and talks about the skills and competencies that lawyers will need to have to make the most of the opportunities ahead. We’ve included interviews with 26 #NewLaw pioneers – people who have found new ways to practise law and better ways to serve their clients. And we provide resources – places people can go to find out more about what they’ve learned.

Along with the guide we’ve launched a Facebook group aimed at law students and young lawyers – come join the conversation. And download the guide.

And I did the drawings in the guide, lots of portraits and the cover illustrations. Enjoy!

1 Comment

All well and GREAT, but if these young, keen minds have to function inside an archaic, broken – to me seriously corrupt – system, with differing Rules in different Jurisdictions, nothing can take root, and confusion will continue to reign supreme. We need to rewrite the Rules, make them as Universal as possible (at least the same Federally). Cut out all subjectivity. Like a RED, or GREEN light, laws must be specific; eliminate ‘argument.’ Facts shall speak as FACTS; they either are, or they are NOT! It will do away with conflict of interest, and collusion. Both run rampant throughout the system.This is the 21st Century for crying out loud. We ARE a global village now. Let’s act like one.
Based on my 7 years experience as an SRL, that’s my take on it!