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Ability to understand, anticipate client needs to be most sought-after skill among lawyers: Survey

Source | | Brinda Sarkar, ET Bureau

Bengaluru: Over 90 percent of all respondents, who are practising lawyers foresee an increasing use of digitisation and tech innovations over the next 10 years that will be the most disruptive change to sweep the sector, according to a survey by BML Munjal University (BMU) School of Law Vahura, a legal search and consulting firm.

The survey finds that 42 percent respondents indicated that over 20% of their day to day legal work could be taken over by technology such as AI in the next three to five years, and 81 percent respondents cite the ability to understand and anticipate client needs would be the most sought-after skill among lawyers in the next 3-5 years followed by tech proficiency.

Seven in 10 respondents highlighted commercial awareness as one of the essential skills in the next three to five years, and 76 percent say that the fundamentals of law subjects and programmes with direct practical application for making the student industry ready should be the key focus areas for law schools.

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