Silicon Valley is going remote.
What does this mean for lawyers in India?
Till 2020, if you wanted to drastically increase your chance of becoming really really rich in a relatively short amount of time, you had to land up in Silicon Valley.
Startups in the Silicon Valley got a different valuation compared to startups based out of any other place.
And most of the investment firepower was concentrated in Silicon Valley too.
The pay scales in Silicon Valley compared to the rest of the USA are something else altogether, and there is always a fierce battle for talent.
Plus if you could become an early stage employee of a fast growing company, it will change the trajectory of your life.
However, for Indians, it was not easy to land up at Silicon Valley, as most people wouldn’t qualify for a visa without jumping through many hoops.
Basically, landing up in Silicon Valley and helping to build the next YouTube, Facebook, Stripe or Coinbase was not really an option for Indians, including law graduates.
But something happened during the pandemic in 2020.
Silicon Valley went remote.
VCs discovered that they can do deals pretty well over Zoom. They can do due diligence remotely. Their remote investments are doing better than local ones in fact.
Lots of founders and investors moved out to Florida, Texas, Utah, Idaho or elsewhere without missing out on the action.
They discovered that they can tap into a much larger and rich talent pool if they work remotely and can be more productive.
In 2021, remote startups are the craze.
Fastest growing Silicon Valley startups are working remotely.
Startups are being born remote.
Here is a list of large companies that have gone fully remote, remote first or partially remote: https://buildremote.co/companies/companies-going-remote-permanently/
Before pandemic, only 3.6% of employees of US corporations worked from home. Now, it is at least 30%. It is a tectonic shift.
Mark Zuckerberg announced that he expects up to half of Facebook’s 48,000 employees to be working remotely within the next 10 years.
Other major companies embracing the work-from-home model include Shopify, Upwork and Coinbase, which are shifting toward “digital by default” and “remote-first” structures.
Remote.com surveyed 1,528 respondents in IT divisions of small and medium-sized businesses in the U.S. and the U.K.
Respondents in both regions believed more than a third of roles will be located overseas within five years, with U.S. respondents estimating 40%.
Amongst employees, 81% of respondents indicated that they would move if they could do so without affecting their work prospects.
Employers who make it easy for employees to work remotely enjoy a much wider talent pool.
And here is the deal, if they are OK with working with US employees remotely, there is very little reason for them to say no to a remote employee or freelancer in India who does the same work and brings the same talent on board at a fraction of the cost.
It’s a game changer for Indians, because we have a massive cost advantage over the rest of the world.
Data is not the new oil, affordable talent is. And we have more of it than any other country due to low wages back here. The world is yet to discover this outside of tech so far. But this will happen in everything - design, management, marketing, sales, and of course, in law.
I am saying that as a law student or a law graduate you can jump into the remote version of Silicon Valley that exists on the internet today. You can become a part of the next big tech company. Sitting in India, without having to wait for a visa.
Why just Silicon Valley, you could work for startups in London, Berlin, Dubai, Shanghai, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur or Tel Aviv.
Of all the work that you could do as a lawyer, contract drafting is something which is most amenable to being carried out remotely. You don’t need to be present before a court, you don’t need to file forms, and you do not need to be a qualified lawyer in that region, in order to draft contracts for clients. All you need is an understanding of the applicable law and intentions of the parties, together with fantastic drafting skills.
If you do not believe this, just do a google search for “Remote Contract Specialist Paralegal” and see the results. Many positions are acceptable as remote in the domain of contract drafting.
Why did we launch this course?
When you are drafting contracts for a country other than India, you need to understand the scheme of law of the other country and also know how it applies to the contracts.
While people try to learn the law in a traditional manner, they do not understand how it applies to the contracts they are drafting.
Speaking of drafting, good contract drafting skills are not very easy to find.
It takes efforts to learn how to put the intentions of the parties in proper words, otherwise, you can land into conveying a completely different meaning than the one intended.
I cannot forget the first time I drafted a contract for my employer company out of India. I was asked to draft a Power of Attorney and I completed and returned a 4-page jargon-heavy document as we are used to, in India.
The General Counsel called me up and asked me why the document had to be so long and complicated for a simple power. He then reverted with a one-pager. That was all that was effectively required to grant someone the intended power. There was no need for extra words or pages.
While the way contracts are drafted in India continue to be jargon heavy, outside India, people prefer to keep the language of the contracts very simple, readable and understandable.
If you wish to draft contracts for US clients, you will have to adopt this simple and clear style. This can require even Indian lawyers who know how to draft contracts to unlearn their contract drafting methods.
We therefore combined the required elements of US substantive and procedural law, with structured training on how to draft contracts in accordance with the US law, to create a training programme which can arm someone with practically all the required skills in order to serve US clients remotely.
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