The End of Big Law

The Crisis at Washington's Ultimate Power Firm

Patton, Boggs and the End of Big Law

When I wrote last month about the loud wheezing noises coming from the world of Big Law—that is, the 200 or so biggest, most profitable law firms in the country—the industry’s staunchest defenders protested that I had the story all wrong: Big Law may have had a tough recession, they said. But it was bouncing back with aplomb, just the way it always had. Any suggestion that it was facing an existential crisis was either naïve or deliberately alarmist.

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Yes, Big Law Really is Dying

Dear Lawyer: It's Not You, It's Your Profession

Defenders of Big Law sound a lot like the defenders of the real estate bubble in the the mid-2000s. Look how well that ended! 

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Earlier this week, we ran a symposium featuring prominent legal experts discussing what could be done to fix law schools. The symposium attracted numerous responses, including this one, from the University of New Hampshire's Leah Plunkett. 

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How to Fix Law School

Six experts tell us what they'd change

Alan Dershowitz, Dahlia Lithwick, and other experts tell us what they'd change.

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The Last Days of Big Law

The money is drying up—and America's most storied firms are terrified

A dispatch from the last days of big law

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