I predict that by 2010, expense will force many of the nation's largest law firm radically to alter the lawyer-paralegal ratio. Hundreds of corporate clients intent on controlling high legal fees will drive this change. Consequently, we may see a new kind of law firm gain popularity: firms with more paralegals than lawyers. Even today, the law of paralegal economics sing a soothing tune to corporate America.

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