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April 3, 2009

Are law schools playing along as "technology transforms the litigation game"?

This article from the Legal Tech Newsletter, which is headlined "Technology Transforms the Litigation Game," has me wondering and worrying yet again about how well law schools are preparing modern student for modern law practice. Here is how the piece starts:

There's no mistaking that new technologies are transforming the practice of litigation.  Today's litigators take depositions via videoconferencing, scour social networking Web sites for dirt on the opposition and communicate at all hours of the day and night with opposing counsel via BlackBerry.  Technology can overlook the time-tested interpersonal styles that facilitate skills development, but it can also offer a leg up when it comes to seamless client service and flexible schedules, a trademark that is here to stay as more Gen Ys enter the workforce with an innate expectation of using these tools.  The successful litigator must temper the tension between the obvious personal and professional benefits of taking full advantage of new technology and the corresponding loss of face-to-face interaction.

I am inclined to think (and fear) that there is not a single law school (nor perhaps even a single law school class) that has a curriculum specifically designed to help modern law students learn about and reflect on the pros and cons of depositions via videoconferencing, using social networking Web sites, and communicate with clients and opposing counsel via BlackBerry. 

But perhaps I am too quick to assume that law schools are already way behind the modern technology curve.  I would be grateful to hear reports from student or faculty about effective technology programming already appearing in the formal law school curriculum.

Posted by DAB

April 3, 2009 in Technology -- in general | Permalink


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The Public Trial Clause of the Sixth Amendment and Right to Know laws on non-criminal matters pretty much mandate the end of paper. The trial and all ancillary activity should be recorded on MP4, and available to the world, except for identity theft material. I have an estimate quite different from the Wired mag estimate of $250K for each courtroom to go electronic. I have an estimate of $6000, and a the low salary of a technician covering several rooms.

As to schools, brick and mortar schools are dead schools walking, down to preschool. In the near future, the best kindergarten art teacher will teach the students of the nation, kindergarten art. Local teachers may then critique the student's art from their homes. Instead of the current high tuition, the cost will be a fifth. Real estate taxes may then drop under pressure from mass litigation claims.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Apr 3, 2009 1:37:06 PM

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