Despite its growth, legal regulators are dealing with an environment where "traditional legal services are getting more expensive, access to legal services are decreasing, law firm growth rates are flat, and lawyers serving ordinary citizens have difficulty making a living."

The legal services industry is becoming a larger part of the major accounting firms' offerings. Deloitte recently launched its Legal Business Services, which provides in-house legal departments with legal tech support to track client contracts, invoices, electronic discovery, and other core functions. Right now, the big four do not offer legal services because the American Bar Association prohibits attorneys and firms from sharing "legal fees" with non-lawyers. A partnership is also prohibited if one of the activities consists of the practice of law.