U.S. Legal Work Booms in India
May 12, 2008 at 3:48 PM
An article in today's Washington Post details the boom in U.S. legal work among Indian workers. The outsourced legal industry in India is growing at a rate of 60% a year, taking advantage of the 300,000 Indians who enter law school yearly.
From the article:
Indian workers who once helped with legal transcription now offer services that include research, litigation support, document discovery and review, drafting of contracts and patent writing. The industry offers an attractive career path for many of the 300,000 Indians who enroll in law schools every year. India and the United States share a common-law legal system rooted in Britain's, and both conduct proceedings in English.
The explosion of opportunity here was triggered by what are known as "e-discovery laws," a set of U.S. regulations established in 2006 to govern the storage and management of electronic data for federal court actions. Overnight, the volume of information to be stored, archived, filtered and reviewed for litigation swelled. But there were not enough affordable lawyers or paralegals to do the work in the United States.
U.S. Legal Work Booms in India -- Washington Post