Thank God a school like Suffolk is ahead of the curve that others, like Harvard and Boston U., continue to slavishly adhere to, like Luddites who would do math by hand.
Introducing The Evolution of Legal Education with this brand new concentration Suffolk is adding:
To ensure the university was producing the most knowledgeable, adaptable graduates in the field, Suffolk launched the Institute on Law Practice Technology & Innovation in April...
The new concentration features specialized courses on different legal technologies and innovations, including automated document assembly, legal project management, knowledge management and virtual lawyering...
Perlman touted technology's ability to make a lawyer more efficient, and lauded LegalZoom...
The Law School is now tasking students with developing tools of their own. One course, "Lawyering in the Age of Smart Machines," taught by Marc Lauritsen, forces students to create software that would help them practice law.
And you all rip the diversity of the law degree! Not only will these students know how to practice in practical areas of law, they'll be able to design VisualBasic programs that already exist that can help them do it.
Do you hear that? It's the rush of clients leaving experienced, gray-haired practitioners for cool kids who have integrated Google Glass into their practices.
Real scenarios coming to a future near you:
Interviewer: Have you ever worked on a document review before?
SuffolkAlum: No, but I did have a concentration in legal practice technology, where we learned about technological advances in large discovery management. I have an advanced understanding of your company and how I can fit in.
Interviewer: Well, we just need a lawyer to click the mouse for three days so we can bill you at $6,000 while paying you $600. But what the hell, you're hired!
Potential Client: I'm really happy LegalZoom exists. Now I have all the knowledge and know-how I need to incorporate subsidiary companies for my various business functions.
SuffolkAlum: Why, yes, I learned all about the amazing LegalZoom in my studies. I can help you fill out those simple forms, as LegalZoom has made my practice far more efficient.
Potential Client: Well, I'm pretty sure I can handle this, but what the hell, you're hired!
Interviewer: What we're looking for is someone to make routine court appearances in municipal and criminal court for our clients, who are mostly being charged with traffic tickets and low-level misdemeanors. Does this sound like something that interests you.
SuffolkAlum: Totally, bro'. I did coursework in knowledge management. I've got a smart phone, and I know how to use it.
Interviewer: Shit, bro', why didn't you say so?
Interviewer: You understand this job is in Montana, no?
SuffolkAlum: You did see on my resume where my concentration included virtual lawyering, didn't you?
Interviewer: Oh, my mistake. Hired.
SuffolkAlum: I AM ELECTROLAWYER. IPSO FACTO ZZZZZZZZZAPPP
Beware the Legal Cyborg, friends. Versatility and employability are about to go where no law graduate has gone before.