Legal outsourcing refers to the practice of a law firm obtaining legal support services from an outside law firm or legal support services company. When the outsourced entity is based in another country the practice is sometimes called Off-shoring.
Legal Outsourcing has gained tremendous ground in the past few years in the United States. Legal Outsourcing companies, primarily from India, have had success by providing services such as document review, legal research and writing, drafting of pleadings and briefs and providing patent services.
India has a huge potential in the legal outsourcing market. A study by Forrester places the number of jobs in the field increasing to 79,000 by 2015. Though India had earned over $6.7 billion in United States-based outsourcing services such as software and call centers, as of March 2005, the field of legal outsourcing has been largely untapped owing primarily to the complexity of the work and the fragmentation of the legal market in the United States.