Basic Legal Technology Skills are “Foundational” For Today’s Legal Market

Legal Technology

Don’t lose your client because your legal technology skills are lacking

Legal technology is often an afterthought for many lawyers in the practice of law and that is a mistake. In the coming years, legal tech literacy (or lack thereof) will produce a sea change in the fortunes and careers of lawyers and firms. Firms that can couple legal services with the client process, workflow, and legal tech skills will win the business while those who don’t will wither. Lawyers and law firm’s legal technical abilities are being benchmarked, evaluated and quantified by corporate legal departments in order to manage legal spend and so they can select the most efficient and effective lawyer for legal services

(Figure 1 below) .Figure 1 – Sample law firm performance evaluation survey by CLOC (CLOC Working Group, n.d.)

Basic Legal Technology Skills are “Foundational” For Today’s Legal Market 1
Sample law firm performance evaluation survey by CLOC (CLOC Working Group, n.d.)

You don’t want to lose your client because your legal technical skills are lacking, or your outside vendor costs more than your competitions do. Within companies (potential clients), an entire field has risen within the last 10 years called “legal operations[1]” that is part legal, part bean counter and part process improvement (their process for obtaining legal services – not fixing yours). When you are attempting to “win the business” from a corporation you are now just as likely to talk to a legal pricing analyst as you are to the general counsel. Look below to what an organization like CLOC “Corporate Legal Operations Consortium” considers “foundational[2]” abilities for law firms in the slide below (Figure 2). Companies like Google, Facebook, Oracle, Fidelity Investments, Microsoft, Adobe and the GAP all fill leadership positions on the CLOC board and are devoted to cost control in legal services via increased use of technology. read more

Source: Shannon Bates - The Harvard Law Record

 

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