Paralegal Outsourcing – Is India too far?

Business Standard.com (India) has a post that attempts to deal with the concept of privilege in the context of attorney/paralegal – client confidentiality in context of the law in England, the United States, and India. What particularly drew my attention, however, was this:

This has assumed criticality for India in the context of outsourcing of legal or paralegal work. Jurisdictions such as the UK which have the same language and common law tradition, as India, have extended this in their Law Society rules to include outsourcing.

However in the aftermath of Sarbanes Oxley, the US Department of Justice and SEC have frequently required waiver of immunity, imposed duties of reporting to Government agencies of matters such as currency transactions.

While it was not, I think, the intent of the passage to raise the issue, it did make me wonder about the possibility that some paralegal work in the United States, might be outsourced not to local “Virtual paralegals,” but to India or similar jurisdictions! If an attorney in Boston can “supervise” a virtual paralegal located in San Francisco, could she not also do so with one located in India? Since licensing is not required in the United States, is the door open to this sort of outsourcing? Perhaps, it is happening already. If any of you know, I’d like to hear from you.

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3 Comments

  • Colin says:

    I would very much be interested in learning more about this as well. I haven’t read the book, but I thought I hear someone mention that in “The World Is Flat,” the author claims that legal outsourcing will inevitably (sp.?) occur. I’d like to know how much this is a reality now.

    I discovered your blog via a posting from “Practical Paralegalism.” Your blog is very helpful to me. I am hoping to be able to save up to purchase your book sooner rather than later.

    Colin

  • sean says:

    I guess oursourcing paralegal works to India would not be a problem at all in distance wise, but in reality, how quality work a lawyer could get from it would be an issue.

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