Cash-strapped law firms are increasingly finding ways to outsource routine work rather than handing it to well-paid associates -- and that's good news for all concerned, says Michael Treanor, dean of Georgetown Law. Those associates who do find jobs will be engaged in far more serious legal work, which should have a salutary effect on the whole profession, Treanor argues. "Law firms can really return to the idea of law as a profession, and there are tremendous benefits to that not just for the firms but for lawyers," he adds.

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