Monday, July 22, 2013

Do law schools do enough to train future lawyers for the reality of practice?

Albeit a broad question; one that most people would answer the same, though, and that is with a resounding "NO"

One of the deficiencies in legal education was recently discussed by Michael Fitzgerald, and that is the dearth of technology teaching in law schools.

Given both the ever-present use of technology in the law firm settings, as well as the changing bar regulations that require attorneys to be competent in its use; this is a potential problem.  Admittedly, of course, younger would-be-attorneys (and younger people in general) tend to be familiar with technology in general (especially compared to older attorneys), but this familiarity does not necessarily translate into technical competence when it comes to use of common attorney applications and programs.

 Change is coming, however slowly.