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Educating lawyers in technology

Educating lawyers in technology

By Adam Wakeling


How comfortable is the average lawyer with technology, and how can the profession’s knowledge and skills in this area be improved? Preparing members to work in the profession of the future will be an LIV Young Lawyers priority in 2018. The law, with all its oak panelling and leather binding, has never given the impression of being a dynamic profession at the leading edge of technological change. Former High Court Justice Dyson Heydon raised eyebrows in the media when he revealed in an interview that he did not read emails unless they were printed out for him, but many people familiar with senior lawyers were unsurprised. But it is becoming increasingly obvious that some level of comfort with technology is necessary to be a good (or even competent) lawyer in the 21st century. What this level is has been the subject of a PhD thesis by Fabian Horton, a principal solicitor at ConnectLaw, lecturer at the College of Law and a founding chair of the LIV Technology and the Law Committee. As part of his research, he surveyed 162 lawyers on their comfort and proficiency with technology.

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