Paul L. Caron

Thursday, August 29, 2019

How Law Schools' Online Classes Are Supporting The Rise Of ‘Virtual Law’

Legal Tech News, How Law Schools' Online Classes Are Supporting Rise of ‘Virtual Law’:

More law schools are beginning to offer students the opportunity to participate in online courses, potentially allowing candidates facing geographical or employment-related barriers to pursue a legal education and—eventually—a legal career.

But there may be another unexpected fringe benefit awaiting those students once graduation rolls around. The shift toward online coursework also complements a larger, industry-agnostic trend toward remote working and virtual offices, which requires employees to be fluent in digital communication skills and possess an ability to work independently.

According to Jared Coseglia, founder and CEO at cybersecurity, e-discovery and privacy staffing firm Tru Staffing Partners, 27% of the job placements his organization made in 2018 were for remote working opportunities, an increase of 7% from 2014. ...

Many of the competitive advantages that students may be receiving are ancillary to any legal knowledge or even tech-related skills that may be built into the curriculum. Yaacov Silberman, a founding partner and the chief operating officer at Rimon PC, doesn’t think that success as a remote employee is even about technical prowess.
“I think there is sort of a cultural, behavioral, interpersonal quality you have to have if you’re working at home,” Silberman said.

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