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Anyone that has ever watched an episode of Suits has pondered what life would be like bossing it in a law firm. The problem is, making it as a lawyer requires a pretty big investment on your part, both in terms of time and money which, traditionally speaking, isn’t exactly feasible for most TV-binging-dreamers. However, as a result of the tech boom, the legal landscape has been on the receiving end of a makeover.
What was once an old-fashioned workplace filled with knowledge gained in college, wisdom gained from books and skills gained from experience has forced law firms to seek people that are proficient in other skills. We’re talking about word processing, telecommunications, research software, automation processes and presentations.
Basically, law-based technology has had an impact on almost every part of this sector, which is good news for anyone that can’t shake the desire to make Suits their reality, and here is how:
Tech In The Courtroom
What was once an arduous process has been given a makeover in the form of e-filing. Not only does this speed up the process by allowing courts to file everything in the cloud, it also makes accessing such documentation remotely much easier. That isn’t the only upgrade this age-old profession has received either, as trial presentation software has also become commonplace.
Excellence In E-Discovery
Thanks to a new law that requires those in litigation to “preserve and produce documents that only exist in electronic form”. Emails, voice messages, instant messaging, graphics, e-calendars and just about everything else you can think of that may fall within this bell curve. This has seen a huge increase in the need for computer forensics services simply because the process of reviewing endless amounts of electronic information takes up a huge amount of time. That is where E-discovery spawned from and with it came litigation database tools, birthing a new profession within litigation support.
Outsourcing Is Commonplace
Much like a lot of other industries, the legal industry has seen a massive paradigm shift in the way legal services are delivered. It is this idea that all levels of service – paralegals, attorneys and all areas of legal work – can be outsourced to third-party vendors, most of which are located abroad for financial reasons, as well as time and effort. For the first time, maybe ever, globalization has hit the legal world, meaning this space is set to become more competitive than ever before.
Marketing Magic Needed
The first space that technology seemed to affect is billing. But technology has since developed into a mega marketing tool that law firms everywhere are having to tap into. This is good news for anyone that is a) tech-savvy and b) even remotely knowledgeable in this area. Why? Because things like legal blogs, niche websites and remote meetings are all become mainstream, which gives you the chance to through your hat into the ring.
The legal industry has always been a rather conservative place to work, and as such it has been slow to adapt to the technological advancements. However, this has begun to change and tech has managed to slip into every corner of this place, creating a whole bunch of new jobs in the process.