In a profession that can be rapidly evolving, it’s important for lawyers to embrace new ideas at every turn. That’s especially true when those ideas can lead to a fresh source of revenue and help expand the reach of legal services. One concept that has emerged is law new, which typically refers to alternative forms of legal practice — not only those involving virtual work but also those that differ in how staffers are paid or are overseen. Those interested in pursuing this type of practice should consider the ways it can benefit their clients.
A look at some of the laws that went into effect in 2023, including a California law to require employers to include salary ranges in job listings, a Texas law that dangles $10,000 bounties for helping to enforce abortion restrictions and a New York City law that prohibits gender bias in prices.
Many different definitions of law exist, with some arguing that it incorporates morality, while others, such as utilitarian philosopher John Austin, believe that law is “commands, backed by the threat of sanctions from a sovereign to whom people have a habit of obedience.” Other philosophers, such as Jean-Jacques Rousseau, believe that there are unchanging, universal laws that are innate in human nature.
The law of new can take many forms, but it typically involves a nontraditional form of legal practice that can generate revenue and add value to the client experience. In addition, it can provide a way for the legal firm to expand its scope without hurting other areas of practice that may be its primary focus.
As a result, all those who want to expand their law firm should consider how law new can fit into the equation. While it can be hard to define, this practice area is well worth examining for all those who want to increase their legal options.
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