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Four years ago, Richard Susskind published the first edition of “Tomorrow’s Lawyers: An Introduction to Your Future.” With the rapid changes in the legal profession, tomorrow is now today. In this Instant Insights, you'll find excerpts from Susskind's second edition of "Tomorrow's Lawyers" plus analysis of his observations and predictions from top lawyers, scholars and students.

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In Richard Susskind’s second edition of “Tomorrow’s Lawyers,” he urges law students and recent graduates interviewing with law firms to ask pointed questions about the hiring firms’ futures, including inquiries about long-term strategy and the integration of technology into their businesses. There’s no argument that those details are important information for private practice lawyers.

But are those questions the right ones to pose to firms from young hopefuls starting out in the legal field? To find out, we asked two law school careers services professionals and a recruiter for their feedback on Susskind’s ideas. Overall, they suggest a different—or at least, tweaked—approach.

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Leigh Jones

Leigh Jones is editor-in-chief of Law.com and senior editor, culture desk, ALM Global Newsroom

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