What is Law New?

Law New is the term used to describe legal services companies, startups and law firm subsidiaries that offer legal services in addition to standard practices. The companies typically focus on technology, have a varied fee structure and employ staff outside of the partners track. This type of legal practice is considered an alternative to traditional law firms.

The legal world has an abundance of terms to describe its various facets. While some are clear and concise, others are nebulous and difficult to define. “Law new” is one such term that is often misunderstood. It can refer to a number of different things, from a company’s business model to its use of legal software or an innovation in the way legal services are delivered.

Oftentimes, laws are made to keep people in check and prevent violence, such as the law against running into traffic. Other times, they are there to protect the rights of the individual and ensure equality in society. In the latter case, the law often has a positive effect on society, but in other cases, it can restrict freedoms and make life miserable for its victims.

The process of creating a law begins with a policy idea. This can come from a senator’s constituents, an organization that calls for a new law or a State official. Regardless of the source, the idea will then be drafted into a bill and presented to the legislature for consideration.

Once the bill has been introduced, it will be referred to committees for further discussion. This is where many legislative initiatives begin to lose their momentum. Some bills may even be amended or discarded entirely at this stage.

If the bill passes committee, it will be moved to the calendar and scheduled for a vote in either the House or Senate. The schedule can be changed as the bill moves through the legislature, but when a vote is called, members must be present to vote on it. Otherwise, the bill will not be passed.

After a bill is passed, it will become a law once it is signed into effect by the president or governor of a state. Alternatively, a law can also be made through a formal enactment by the legislature that is of a more permanent nature. This is often called a statute.

Regardless of the route, a new law will need to be enforced and monitored. There are multiple ways to do this, including through the courts, which is where many legal disputes originate. To learn more about the legal process, download our infographic. It’s a great resource to share with clients and colleagues.