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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Nelson: Law Schools Can’t Sleep Through the Technological Revolution

Legal RebelsABA Journal Legal Rebels:  Law Schools Can’t Sleep Through the Technological Revolution, by Camille Nelson (Dean, Suffolk):

Indeed, neither the practice of law nor legal education can, or should, escape the innovative possibilities of technology. Law—its provision, accessibility, and very substance—is not immune from technology’s reach. There is now a vibrant conversation in the world of practice, in legal academia and administration, and in the legal services industry more generally. In fact, people in each of these communities are interacting with each other in unprecedented ways. It would seem that the “crisis in legal education” has provided just the kick in the pants for much-needed dialogue, exchange, and collaboration. It’s a start—the right start. For my part, I take seriously what Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said—I want to be awake and active during this revolution. Though speaking to another movement his words seem prescient too in this hyper-innovative era, "there is nothing more tragic than to sleep through a revolution.” 

An increasing number of law school administrators are awakening to the idea that we need to transform how we educate the lawyers of tomorrow. At Suffolk Law, we have embraced technological innovation. This spring, we launched our Institute on Law Practice Technology and Innovation.

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