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Legal Technologies: Advances and Competency

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Legal Tech Competency

The ABA Model Rules of Professional Responsibility now suggest that basic competence includes "keep[ing] abreast of changes in the law and its practice, including the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology." Legal employers are increasingly focused on tech competence not only to comply with ethical standards, but to ensure they can compete in the marketplace of legal services. Here are some things you can do to help fulfill your obligation:

 

1. Know the rules in your jurisdiction!

Most states have adopted a tech competency standard. Find your state's rule here.

 

2. Take a legal tech assessment and training course

Some require their attorneys to demonstrate basic competence with law office software by completing assessment and training programs. You can also obtain legal technology education and certification on your own. Some popular platforms are listed below. 


 

3. Read legal tech journals and news

An increasing number of law schools publish journals focused on developments in the law of technology. The Virginia Journal of Law and Technology and the Richmond Journal of Law and Technology are leading Virginia publications. You should identify the most authoritative sources of legal tech scholarship and news in your jurisdiction.

You can also follow legal technology blogs. The latest posts from the ABA's Law Technology Today blog are listed below.  

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