What is the difference?
The terms “outsourcing” and “offshoring” are often used interchangeably but it is important to understand the difference between the two. Offshoring is a type of outsourcing that occurs when a law firm uses the services of a professional in another country.
This type of arrangement can work well depending on the services you need provided. However, it is important to note there are inherit drawbacks (i.e. language and cultural barriers) when you send your legal work offshore.
An attorney in search of a graphic artist to design marketing materials for his practice, may find offshore creatives to be very resourceful. However, a litigator looking to delegate tasks that require an in-depth understanding of U.S. laws, court rules and procedures may find that outsourcing within the U.S. is a better option for his practice.