I do agree that language is a barrier, engineers can compete because they operate in a more universal language be it math or be it some programming language. However, considering the population, one of the largest English speaking populations in the world outside the US, the beneficial conversion rate, good work ethic, a handful capable students(there has to be amongst a billion right?), and an ever improving school system; I dont see anything completely out of the question.
but I do admit, seeing india's progress, and watching my cousin fear for his career (he's an engineer at HP), one of the draws of practicing law what that I *thought* i knew my work could never be outsourced.
I dont really think I made a clear point there, but there ya go. Straight from the Indian's mouth.. haha
I've been in IT for over 10 years now, and it's bad. Really bad. Outsourcing overseas within IT/Engineering is amazingly rampant, and it's not just India but Ireland, China etc. Plus large corps are continually asking the fed to increase the number of H-1Bs so they can get a cheaper supply of labor here. I don't blame the workers, they are just trying to make a buck like everyone else. I do get incensed with the corporations who are selling out this country and it's citizens.
Frankly, IT is only the first to see this trend. Accounting, teaching, medicine, research, etc. are all finding they can be globalized with modern technology.
So switching over to law is attractive. There isn't the rampant age discrimination. You don't have to completely re-learn and re-certify in some new fangled form of law every 5-10 years. And the legal community (at least so far) has been smart enough to legislatively protect itself from foreign outsourcing by requiring attending an ABA school here in the states and taking the bar exam to practice.