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An employee of Firstsource Solutions Limited, one of the leading outsourcing companies
in India, interviewing prospective job candidates aboard a Firstsource bus in Mumbai.

Outsourced Indian Workers Thriving in Legal Sector

May 12, 2008 08:00 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
by Liz Colville
As demands on U.S. law firms increase, legal workers in India are reaping the benefits.

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India’s outsourced legal sector is a popular employment path for many of the country’s English-speakers and is growing at an annual rate of 60 percent, reports The Washington Post.

Aashish Sharma, a legal assistant interviewed by the Post, noted that by working for a U.S. legal firm, he avoids “going to court in India and dealing with all kinds of rough people. … I am getting valuable exposure to the American judicial system, corporate law and their way of working.”

Part of the reason for India’s swell in legal work is due to new U.S. “e-discovery laws” enacted in 2006, as well as firms’ other organizational needs. The e-discovery laws “place increasing demands on litigants, lawyers, and judges” to discover, organize, and track online information used in legal cases. Many firms saw Indian companies as the ideal place to send this type of work.

Outsourcing to India has been a popular practice among American companies for several years, but the range of companies and industries employing Indian workers is widening. CIO magazine noted in 2003 that “anywhere from one-half to two-thirds of all Fortune 500 companies are already outsourcing to India.”

In 2005, CNN/Money reported that India’s share of the outsourcing market was being eroded by rising labor costs and international competition, particularly from China. But the country maintains its edge by diversifying the types of work its employees can do.

Headline Link: Indian workers excelling at outsourced legal work

Background: Outsourcing in India increases, diversifies

Related Topic: China gives India outsourcing a run for its money

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