In order to compete in the 21st century legal marketplace, lawyers not only need to know the law, but also be proficient in project management and technology. Students completing Center for Law Practice Technology courses will have the opportunity to acquire these skills.
Equipped with this knowledge, graduates entering solo or small firm practice will be able to enhance the success of their firms. Graduates interested inalternative legal careers will be able to compete for a variety of new and developing employment opportunities which leverage technology to improve legal services. Examples of these new career lines include:
- Case and practice management: Software developed to manage client and case information including contacts, calendaring, documents, billing, etc.
- Virtual lawyering: Online client engagement and legal services are offered in a virtual e-commerce enabled environment.
- Document automation: Software is used to generate legal documents based on answers to questions posed to consumers in a structured, online questionnaire.
- eDiscovery and predictive coding (Big data): Computer algorithms are used to identify relevant documents from masses of electronic information.
- Outcome prediction (Big data): Data is analyzed to determine the odds of winning a case and the potential cost of legal services.
- Expert legal systems development (Artificial Intelligence): Artificial Intelligence is used to emulate the decision-making abilities of a human legal expert.