The two leaders welcomed the deepening relationship between the world's two largest democracies. They commended the growing cooperation between their governments, citizens, businesses, universities and scientific institutions, which have thrived on a shared culture of pluralism, education, enterprise, and innovation, and have benefited the people of both countries.I argue that this unique relationship has benefited the people of India and the corporations of America. As BIDER readers know, the lawyers today are the factory workers and computer programmers of yesteryear. How so? Because all of us have suffered the effects of outsourcing. Law Firms have successfully overvalued and undervalued lawyers, all within a decade, and now see the Indian legal workforce as the wave of the future.
The growth of legal services outsourcing has been strong and is likely to remain so, particularly in India, the survey found. Legal services outsourcing is growing at a rate of 40 percent annually in India, with about 110 legal services providers in the country. The Philippines and Sri Lanka provide 20 percent of legal outsourcing.Law Schools are not about to stand back and let that happen--not without getting in on it first. University of Michigan Law School (ranked #7 in the nation) has joined forces with Jindal Law School (no relation to Bobby--I think) to form a Joint Centre for Global Corporate and Financial Law and Policy. What the hell is that? I'm not sure. Yes, for those of you that need it to be spelled out, JLS is in India. I have no idea what the effects of this "Centre" will be, but I can't imagine it's good for you and I. I guess they foresee a day when American law school grads won't be "good for the money" and they are trying to appeal to the affluent Indian attorneys. Apparently it costs Rs 1, 300, 000 to attend Jindal, which is $29,000.00 a year. I can't be sure of that figure, however, because they place commas in totally illogical places. In any event, that's a pretty penny (even though some of those costs are one-time only fees). So, definitely worth it for a school like Michigan.
The best part is, if you look at the Jindal Law School website--it's peppered with pics of white and black people (clearly Americans). So, Michigan has postured itself to keep making money once the cash cow, formerly known as the dumb-as-bricks-American-grad-students, have stopped producing milk. Here's to forward thinking. Happy Monday!
Next it will be a show on Indian Attorneys doing Doc Review and Patents and Trademarks.