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Indian law student takes LPO debate to the Yanks

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An Indian law student has taken up the baton to defend Indian legal process outsourcing (LPO) against an onslaught of anti-Indian-lawyer comments on self-styled US legal tabloid AboveTheLaw.

Although the majority of comments on ATL are intentionally offensive and ironic, it has been a while since anybody has stood up for Indian Law Inc.

Indian guest commenter writes:

"As an Indian law student, I've had a good time reading some of the comments above.

Firstly - Suck it up. Okay, we get it. Some of you are pissed off, you're losing your jobs / work. But - your rant on a blog is hardly productive. Your time is better spent moving along and exploring ways to be more efficient with whatever work you have left. Until then, yes. You're going to keep getting your ass whooped by a 24 year old law student.

Secondly - Considering all the hostility directed towards the Indian lawyers - you should know that we are pretty good at what we do. The steadily increasing number of trainee-level recruits to your bigger firms from our law schools should also tell you something. It would be heartwarming to see you try and not pretend otherwise.

Thirdly - We don't give a shit. There's enough work for us Indian lawyers. With a booming domestic market, we have enough work to keep us occupied. What you should really be thinking is - if your firms are looking to come and give us work - outside of the "economic rationality" which has already been spoken about, it must mean that we're doing something right? Also, as for the "economic rationality" itself, most Indian firms pay pretty handsomely. It's just that the work that the LPOs are taking on - well, even the low - mid level associates can take on that work.

Well said.

But it still makes me wonder - why exactly is there so much animosity towards Indian lawyers doing US work for a fraction of the price?

Surely, it is nothing new and the business model and demand are now beyond question. So when will US lawyers face up to market realities instead of sticking their head in the sand?

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