Paul L. Caron

Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Best Thing A Young Lawyer Can Do Is Learn Technology

Above the Law:  The Best Thing A Young Lawyer Can Do Is Learn Technology, by Joe Bennion (Estey & Bomberger, San Diego):

Dear Lawyers Who Just Passed the Bar or Are Studying for the Next Bar Exam:

Soon, you’ll find that your advanced knowledge of the elements of the tort of battery and your ability to write as fast as you can without checking any legal authority is not going to do you very much good in the real world.

There are going to be some things you are going to want to do right off the bat. Get a mentor. Join some trade organizations. Learn about office politics. Learn that the best thing you can do in the office is be nice to your secretary. If you want to do things a little bit above your paygrade, learn technology.

When I started my legal career, the big news in the legal industry was that first-year salaries were jumping from $125,000 to $160,000. [They are now $180,000.] ...  Not long after the short-lived joy of the bump to 160, the economy tanked, and I realized that I would now be competing not just with my classmates, but with all of the underemployed first-, second-, and third-year lawyers who knew more about practicing law and would work for first-year rates. I had to stand out by learning technology.

  • Ediscovery ...
  • Trial Presentation ...

There are certainly a lot of fundamental skills you will need to know as a lawyer, but those will come with experience. If you want to stay ahead of the curve a little, learn to separate yourself from the rest with some technical skills.

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Whaaaaaaaaat? That's a load of crap. The most fundamental skill a young lawyer should learn and or have is people skills. How to get along. It's not about the Law (surprise) or anything else. It's relationships. There is a book titled "The Craft of Justice" by Fleming, Nardulli and Eisenstein. A good lawyer gets along on relationships, her word, and reputation. Knowing tech or the law is nothing if you can work with folks to get results for your client.

Posted by: Captain Hruska Carswell, Continuance King | Jun 16, 2016 1:42:49 PM

or Spanish. Spanish is pretty helpful too.

Posted by: Justin | Jun 16, 2016 12:48:44 PM