1. In your company, many “legal” problems are more accurately viewed as business challenges that raise legal issues (as Mark Cohen put it).
2. Delivery of many of the legal services that respond to such business-challenges-that-raise-legal-issues now requires process management and technology skills that attorneys mostly lack (again, Mark Cohen).
3. “Legal services & providers of those [legal] services are ever more important — lawyers, however, are not.” (Jeffrey Carr’s tweet last Monday)
For most of the past four or five decades, the phrase “legal services & providers” has meant one of two things:
1. Law firms, and
2. In-house counsel employed by companies as full-time employees.
Until — that is — a few years ago: With the advent of “alternative legal service providers” — or “ALSPs”.
“Alternative” to what? Alternative to law firms and in-house counsel.
Beyond that, the definition is pretty wide-ranging — except that all ALSPs embody the aphorism set forth in this post’s title: “Clients Need Legal Services But Not Necessarily Lawyers”.