Legal technology has been around for a while.
It has transformed some legal operations and inspired professionals to keep searching for more innovative solutions. The legal industry is ripe with career opportunities for tech savvies who can use technology to aid lawyers with client work and with their internal procedures. Legal technologists are tech experts that seem to be in high demand nowadays.
In this article, I will discuss the characteristics and responsibilities of a legal technologist and the adjustments designed to ensure that this role meets the requirements of different stakeholders such as law firms and legal departments. I will present the career hurdles a legal technologist might face when working in law firms or corporate legal departments. In the end, I will try and predict how this job will evolve in the foreseeable future.
Lawyers are, by definition, multi-skilled: they must have a keen knowledge of the law, they should master time management, the power of persuasion, and the art of eloquence. When it comes to tech capabilities, though, their stack is often limited at Microsoft Word.
This paradox has been observed by many, and it is the premise for the ascent of a new breed of legal professionals at the frontiers between law and technology. They were symbolically called legal engineers.
Before going about paving the future, these pioneers might want to first find answers to some pressing questions such as: What legal process should we digitalise? Should we use existing technologies or create new ones from scratch? How to attenuate the community’s resistance towards this type of solution? Equally important, how to educate the general public into trusting this approach?
“Will I succeed or fail?”, “Will I look smart or dumb?”, “Will I be accepted or rejected?”, “Will they see me as a winner or a loser?”
How many times have you asked yourself these questions before taking action?
Such queries reveal more than simple individual fears or insecurities; they unravel cultural stereotypes perpetuated across all levels of our society. As a society, we value intelligence, effortless success, and character. Nothing terrible to this point. But how healthy is it to hold them in such high regard? Why hide flaws instead of overcoming them – and taking pride in that while at it? Why seek friends or partners who become your echo chamber instead of ones who will challenge you to grow? Why seek out the “tried and true” instead of exploring opportunities that challenge you?
The propensity for stretching yourself and continuing the growing curve even (or, especially) when the process becomes particularly bumpy is actually the hallmark of the growth mindset. But embracing this manner of thinking calls for a shift of paradigm.
Our #FutureProofLegal series begins with the foundational skill of self-awareness.
Becoming self-aware is worth your efforts, because it unlocks potential for growth, on both personal as well as professional level, and – perhaps more importantly – satisfaction. It is crucial in developing emotional intelligence. It makes us more effective and, in turn, our teams and organisations.
We believe that it is ever more important in the times of change in the legal market, as well as increased mental health pressures and struggles for lawyers.
Becoming more aware of our values, understanding of our strengths and weaknesses – and, as a result, in tune with our goals and potential – is a mandatory first step to self-management and improvement. It’s also necessary to develop empathy and effectiveness.
Hence, in this post you’ll read:
• What is self-awareness?
• How to become (more) self-aware?
• How to stay self-aware?
Join us on the journey of becoming #FutureProofLegal.
The latest technological advancements have led to speculations on the impact technology will have on the legal industry. The exponential growth in information technology demonstrates that technological changes will transform the way our profession operates and how professionals make legal expertise accessible to society. Paradoxically, it took the advent of technology for us to be reminded of how critical interpersonal skills are in the workplace. The ability to collaborate across practice areas, cultures and disciplines, the art of compromising and accepting other people’s opinions (while putting oneself under the microscope) and striving to better communicate ideas, are all skills insufficiently addressed in law school (and even in practice, for that matter) but utterly valuable in the interest of both lawyers and clients. The legal industry is already presenting a widening skills gap, and there are no signs this will be alleviated anytime soon
Our #FUTUREPROOFLEGAL: skills, roles, jobs Series will cater to all lawyers and law students out there by presenting the prospecting trends influencing legal roles & jobs, the skills required in the future work environment, and courses that will place you at the cutting edge of legal innovation.
Our series is split into two categories: Roles & Jobs and Skills, and they will be delivered to you alternatively between now and June.