Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Legal Tech News, Teaching Tech: How Legal Education Coursework Is Changing in Today’s Digital Era:
In an industry that’s in the midst of a major disruption, law students are demanding that schools prepare them not just for the rapidly changing job market, but for new ways of practicing law.
Students starting law school this fall will graduate into an industry that’s very different from the one of generations past. Gone are the days when practicing law meant spending hours behind an imposing wooden desk in an office overflowing with paper.
While it may have started as little more than the latest buzzword, “legal tech” has integrated itself firmly into the mainstream and is now part and parcel of everyday legal practice. Technology is no longer a luxury—it’s the new normal for the legal industry. Not surprisingly, smart law schools are quickly getting on board.
Tech-savvy millennials enrolling in U.S. law schools are expecting a more innovative curriculum. Schools are also looking to keep pace with the latest digital transformation in the legal industry so their graduates leave with the know-how and skill sets to compete and succeed in today’s job market.
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There’s no question that tech has found a prominent place in the modern law school curriculum. While core classes like contracts and civil procedure will always remain staples of a solid legal education, top law schools around the country have already integrated a strong focus on technology into their coursework. ...
Law school is a major investment, and today’s law students want to graduate with the skill sets and knowledge that will make them valuable to prospective employers. In an industry that’s in the midst of a major disruption, law students are demanding that schools prepare them not just for the rapidly changing job market, but for new ways of practicing law. If law schools want to continue to attract the best and the brightest, their curricula will need to adapt along with the technology that’s changing the profession.