William Henderson – Indiana University

In India, Big 4 and Elite Law Firms in Direct Competition for Highly Lucrative Advisory Work

Lawyers may have a monopoly over the practice of law, but what exactly does the practice of law encompass? In most common law jurisdictions, the term is not even defined. And there's likely a self-interested reason why. …more
| International Law & Trade, Law Practice Products & Services

"In Praise of Law Reviews (And Jargon-Filled, Academic Writing)"

That is the title of a forthcoming article by Cass Sunstein in the Michigan Law Review. Sunstein has unusual standing to make this case because, in addition to his academic perches at Chicago and Harvard Law, he was tapped by…more
| Law Practice Products & Services

What's driving the demographic gap between BigLaw leaders and their CEO/GC clients?

The illustration to the left was just published in The American Lawyer. It accompanied a story on how law firm leaders are significantly older than leaders in the large corporations they serve. See MP McQueen, The Generation…more
| Law Practice Products & Services

How is the entry-level legal job market in Australia?

Not good. There are more law graduates than jobs, yet law schools are making matters worse by admitting more students in order to generate subsidies for other parts of the university. That's the basic charge of the Australian…more
| Law Practice Products & Services

Legal Ops Panel: How Data is Changing Law Departments [Video]

Seeing what law firms look like is similar to seeing what Pluto looks like, and the "stunning" images we’re getting of that today. "We didn’t really know what Pluto looked like until we got data about that... and better data…more
| Law Practice Products & Services, Privacy

"Solicitors 'in denial' about threat from accountants"

That's the headline from today's Law Society Gazette, the publication of record for solicitors in England and Wales. The UK is fairly far along in liberalization of its legal markets, progressing from the Clementi Report in…more
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What is more important for lawyers: where you go to law school or what you learned? (Part II)

If you're trying to maximize the financial value of an undergraduate degree, it is better to bet on course of study than college prestige. Indeed, prestige is largely irrelevant to those who major in engineering, computer…more
| Law Practice Products & Services

What is more important for lawyers: where you go to law school or what you learned? (Part I)

The Economist reports a very interesting analysis from Payscale. The questions being asked are pretty simple: If you want to generate earnings that justify the time and cost of an undergraduate education, what should you study…more
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Another Example of Using Big Data to Improve Odds of Winning in Court

Back in February, I wrote a post on The The Early Days of Legal Analytics. It discussed some of the innovations at Lex Machina, a legal start-up that uses Big Data to value contested patents and develop a litigation strategy…more
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The Early Days of Legal Analytics

There is an interesting story in Forbes on Lex Machina, a legal start-up that provides analytics for use in patent litigation. See Dan Fisher, Stanford-Bred Startup Uses Moneyball Stats to Handicap Judges, Forbes, Feb. 2, 2015…more
| Finance & Banking, Law Practice Products & Services

Size of the US Legal Market by Type of Client

Washington, DC. The AALS Section of Professional Responsibility hosted a vigorous discussion yesterday on the evolving ethical duty of competency, a topic partially inspired by the recent changes to Model Rule 1.1 cmt. 8…more
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The Market for Law School Applicants -- A Milestone to Remember

In early 2013, Michael Moffitt, the dean of Oregon Law, was interviewed by the New York Times about the tumult affecting law schools. Moffitt, who is a very thoughtful guy, reponded, "I feel like I am living a business school…more
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Is the Legal Profession Showing Its Age?

The figure below suggests that a growing number of students are attending law school but not going on to become lawyers. This conclusion requires some explanation, which I will supply below. Alternative explanations are also…more
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Does Cooperative Placement Accelerate Law Student Professional Development?

The title of an earlier essay posed a threshold question for legal ed reform: "If We Make Legal Education More Experiential, Would it Really Matter?" (Legal Whiteboard, Feb 2014). I answered "yes" but admitted it was only my…more
| Education, Law Practice Products & Services

Artificial Intelligence and the Law

Plexus, a NewLaw law firm based in Australia, has just released a new legal product that purports to apply artificial intelligence to a relatively common, discrete legal issue -- determining whether a proposed trade promotion…more
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