Coastal Law’s Center for Law Practice Technology (“CLPT”) is designed to prepare students for the new and evolving legal marketplace of the 21st century. This marketplace increasingly demands knowledge and skills related to technology and innovation. Through the CLPT’s hands-on curriculum, students will produce business plans and other projects which they may utilize in their careers upon graduation.
The CLPT will be co-directed by Richard Granat and Stephanie Kimbro, recognized leaders in the online legal technology movement. Coastal Law is one of only a handful of ABA-approved law schools offering this innovative curriculum to its students, and we are honored to have so many distinguished faculty teaching in the Center.
Students have the option to take individual courses or work towards a Certificate in Legal Technology and Law Practice Management. All courses will be offered through an online learning format. Thus, students will be able to progress through the materials at times most convenient for their own schedules.
The CLPT curriculum will:
- Provide a distinct advantage to students entering a solo or small firm practice by teaching them how to leverage technology to serve clients more effectively and efficiently. Students will learn how to create a virtual law firm, automate legal documents, leverage social media to develop a brand, and ensure legal services are delivered in an ethically sound manner.
- Position students well to assume careers in the burgeoning market of companies offering technology solutions for legal services, including electronic discovery, legal process outsourcing, law practice management software, automated document assembly, and more.
- Provide students with the knowledge of technology recommended by ABA Model Rule of Professional Conduct 1.1, comment 8, which states that lawyers should “keep abreast of changes in the law and its practice, including the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology.”
- Address ways to improve access to justice through the use of legal technology.