The Legal Profession Now Losing Jobs to Cheaper Overseas Labor Too

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08/04/2010 11:45 AM |

This family will soon collapse under the pressures of the 21st century global economy.
  • This family will soon collapse under the pressures of the 21st century global economy.

Hey, remember how if all else failed, you could just go to law school? The Times reports:

Indian lawyers [increasingly] do the grunt work traditionally assigned to young lawyers in the United States — at a fraction of the cost.

Yes, yes, the same global economy that killed the American manufacturing industry without improving the living conditions of the worldwide poor is now, thanks to, you know, Skype or whatever, moving on to erode our paper-pushing supremacy! Soon, now, cheap Indian legal labor is doing our “document review, due diligence, contract management and more” for belt-tightening major American firms and conglomerates.

If you’re lucky, though, you can still find your way in this new white-collar globalism, by becoming one of those upper-management “consultants” who lives in a preplanned suburb fortified by a gate and 1,000 channels of satellite TV, and gets to watch his kids pick up the local language and culture with an ease that seems almost sinister. It’s not just for globe-trotting executives anymore!

On the plus side, there’s always academia—as more and more American students retreat for their fourth and fifth postgraduate degrees to chase after the credentials that will land them one of the dozen private-sector jobs left in this country (or else because adulthood is scary), they’ll need professors to teach them, right? All-hail the ever-bloating sector of failed creative professionals.