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In a recent Q&A with Vox Media, anthropologist David Graeber discusses his theory, and new book, on how technology has rendered many white-collar jobs useless. Corporate lawyers are among the careers Graeber claims are pointless, and he argues that if all corporate law jobs went away, nobody would notice their absence, or even, the world may be improved. Graeber’s comments are provocative and hotly debated. But, as in-house law departments face increasing scrutiny to demonstrate value and bolster the bottom line, they have an edge that, on some level, may ring true.

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