Software may take over most of the tasks in law. The highly effective robot, lovingly named "Davey Boies" by satisfied clients, might be winning the trials.
Both consumers and businesses might be approaching transactions on a DIY basis.
And automatic gadgets installed in cars which measure booze in the blood could wipe out much of the DUI defense industry.
If that happens, then the apocalypse Derek Thompson features in The Atlantic could be the norm. The world could be one without work. Or at least not much of it. That's not really futuristic. Already, at 62.2%, participation in the U.S. workforce is at its lowest since 1977.
Lawyers who are wired only to work will be in a real pickle. The current situation of supply outstripping demand will seem, in retrospect, like The Good Old Days. And, Abovethelaw.com journalist Joe Patrice will become globally famous capturing and telling this story of the final days of the legal game dominated by human players. A cute stylized Davey Boies robot will be the logo for that series.
Of course, there will be some lawyers who do have work. Those of us who had ever operated in an economy of scarcity, such as that of new immigrants to America, know how hard it will be for them to function. The response from those without or less work could range from bullying to violence. The attitude could be: Who does he/she think he/she is hogging all that work? Expect smashed windshields and much worse. Tony Soprano's mindset was one of not-enough.
Lawyers with no work and no hope of grabbing any (many current distressed lawyers still have hope) will have to create a lifestyle very different from what is standard in the legal sector.
They might develop missions. For example, they can find a grant to go to an undeveloped economy and establish an official banking system.
They might become passionate about hobbies, be they a golf game or bird-watching.
They could run for elected office. Like Bernie Sanders, they could provide a fresh message. Since few will be preoccupied with work, they will be all ears.
And/or, they could turn inward. The scenarios for that include mental illness, substance abuse and premature death.
Members of Generation Z may never know what it is "to do a day's work." They may have no idea what the "LSAT" ever was.