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Tech Savvy Lawyers

Newly minted lawyers are facing 21st Century practices that include virtual law firms and court rooms as well as automated case management, document assembly and document review, so the University of Dayton School of Law is responding with what is believed to be the nation's first technology competencies credential.

The "tech credential" is an elective University of Dayton law students can add to their J.D. degree. Students will complete assessments and receive instructor verification of competencies in at least 10 legal tech areas and 10 general tech areas, which they can acquire through workshops and law school courses.

"This credential enables students to become adept in using the technologies law firms, courts and other legal organizations routinely use in today's practice," School of Law Dean Andrew Strauss said. "Students with the tech credential will have a real-world advantage and can hit the ground running, being effective and productive from the first day."

Legal tech competencies include using online case and practice management systems, calendaring and docketing software, admitting digital evidence into court, and obtaining online documents via a warrant or subpoena, among others.

General tech competencies include effective use of video conferencing, podcasting, social media and encryption software; the ability to help clients maintain online privacy, and listing provisions in insurance policies used to protect from data breaches, among others.


News and Communications Staff