The Future of the lawyer profession

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The mission that Mr. Jean-Jacques Urvoas, Keeper of the Seals, entrusted to us was one of the
most enriching experiences of our career as a lawyer, on a human level as well as that of
knowledge of our profession, its dynamics, its challenges and the hopes it raises.
We would like to express our gratitude to him for his initiative and his confidence. We have
worked in complete freedom and were able to build our project in complete independence.
We also wish to express our warmest thanks to Professor Pierre
Berlioz who, throughout this project, has never ceased to be available to provide
us with the elements figures and the documentation necessary for our work.
We have interviewed over 130 people over the past three months: observers from our
profession and our society, lawyers and non-lawyers, representatives of our institutions
professionals and our unions, lawyers who are also less exposed to our institutional life.
Each of the people solicited was available, enthusiastic about sharing their
experience, passionate in the way it looks at lawyers, the practice and the place of law,
eager to participate in work that is useful to litigants and to our profession.
We would also like to thank Philippe Lucet (Bar of Paris) and Clémence Ploix (Bar of
New York, and soon to be the Paris Bar) for their invaluable assistance in the preparation of our
works.
What each of the people who participated in our work has taught us and transmitted to us, all these
reflections, all this energy, constitute a precious moment which, if it was still necessary, strengthened
our belief that the legal profession is the most beautiful of all.
May our work be useful for each of you, for those who are our future.

Notre méthodologie

The requirement mutually expressed during our preliminary reflections with Mr.
Seals was to constitute the most equal Commission possible: women / men, Paris / province,
individual exercise / group exercise, judicial practice / counseling activity. We wished
also set up a Commission that is equidistant from all the institutions
representative of our profession. There was no question of building a side job nor, a fortiori,
against our representative institutions. We have never ignored the wonderful work that goes into it
builds daily and the commitment of those who compose it. Our goal was in
revenge to search from a large blank page the initiatives, inspirations and
testimonials which could, in fine, enrich the work carried out by the bodies of our profession.
We have therefore oriented our methodology towards the preliminary analysis of testimonies – oral or
writings – from people outside our profession who have devoted their reflections to imagining the
company over the next 10 years, to anticipate the reasonable evolution of our technological tools,
our relationship to work and employment, to the consumption patterns of households and businesses; who
simply anticipate the needs of our customers, whether they are individuals or
of companies.
It seemed essential to us to engage in this preliminary work before identifying the actions that
could allow our profession to approach this new society in the best conditions
and therefore to prepare and accompany the youngest confreres for it.
In many respects, it seems to us that despite the foresight work carried out there, our
profession still combines its reflections too little with those of our clients, economists,
demographers, sociologists and scientists. We have a lot to learn from them:
whether it is the anticipation of certain data and certain models useful for our reflections or more
again the essential taking into account of the rate of change in society in which, however,
our profession registers so daily. And these are our institutions, our working methods, our
learning which must not only apprehend each of these changes, but transform themselves
in order to be ahead of the next rounds of mutation.

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