Legal Tech Audit/Law School Edition: Being a #LegalTech Lawyer Means Using Office Tech Too

Posted about 2 years ago

How are you at Word and Excel?  Think it doesn’t matter for lawyers?  Think again.

I’ve noticed in my years of teaching that law students aren’t always very good at using the tools they’ll use every day in the practice of law.  Simple stuff: Word, Excel, Outlook.  I admit, it’s not exciting to be good at setting up folders in Outlook or knowing how to create a table in Word...but it is important.  Why? Because clients are paying you for your time, and when a lawyer fumbles to do something on Word for 20 minutes that should take him 2, he's ripping off his client.  Not only is this an ethical problem (in fact, the most recent version of the ABA Model Rules requires that attorneys maintain tech competence), but more and more, clients are getting wise to this, and simply refusing to hire lawyers who can’t show that they’re working efficiently.

There’s now a response to this that was built by an industry leader in this area, TutorPro.  For the past couple of years, I’ve been helping to support their development and distribution (for free; I am not in any way compensated for it) the Legal Tech Audit/Law School Edition, which is a FREE resource for law schools and law students to test and improve their skills.                              

So what is it?  It’s an online tool that has several units, including both learning and assessment modules..  Students work inside live documents to test their knowledge and learn new skills that they’ll use regularly in their careers as lawyers.  I learned a lot doing it, and you will too. 

Requesting access is easy: ask a professor or school administrator to click here to request free, school-wide access.  From there, any student, faculty, admin or staff member will get free access to the LTA/LSE.

 

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