Yes, they should according to a recent Information Week article by Michael Fitzgerald entitled “14 reasons Law Schools Should Teach Tech.” In this article, Fitzgerald highlights Goodnenough’s 14 reasons why digital lawyering matters:
It’s a new frontier in law and lawyer activity, a revolution in courts and how they handle disputes. Courts are becoming e-courts, and e-discovery is a $3.7-billion-a-year business.
2. Other new digital areas.
There is now privacy law, intellectual property law, information policies.
3. Technology is changing research and writing.
One of the major law research databases uses Netflix-like recommendation technology, noting that “people who cited this have also cited that.”
Winning a case is not just about being in court anymore. Goodenough cited activist and author Bill McKibben, who argues that law is made in the court of public opinion first, with politicians and the Supreme Court following behind.
For example, the EPA is pairing legal databases with epidemiology. Georgetown Law built an app looking at law and same-sex marriage.
7. Digital competition.
Law is democratizing, in part because of inexpensive legal advice available through sites like Divorce Deli.
8. The need for good legal software.
Legal software is being written by engineers, who don’t understand the law. Lawyers need to get technical enough to talk to engineers.
9. Digital jurisprudence.
The rise of cheaply available texts in the late 1800s gave rise to the Langdellian model of what a good legal education should consist of. How will the latest revolution in technology change the way the law is taught?
10. Law is getting “Turinged.”
The field has been revolutionized and economically restructured by computing.
11. Computational law.
This tech uses computer algorithms to do automated readings and quantitative analysis of legal decisions. See, for instance, the work of Dan Katz at Michigan State.
12. Law tech is a $20-billion-a-year marketplace.
And it’s largely untapped by law schools.
You can read the complete article here.
Is Tech being taught in law schools??
- In February 2012, CALI offered a nine-week MOOC on Topics in Digital Law Practice to law students whose schools were members of CALI.
- Last year, Suffolk University in Boston opened its Institute on Law Practice Technology and Innovation.
- IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law established the Center for Access to Justice & Technology (CAJT) which conducts research, builds software tools, teaches classes and supports faculty, staff and student projects on access to justice and technology.
- In March 2013, the University of New Hampshire offered a Legal Tech Boot Camp to its law students.
- More examples can be found here.