Education for the Provision of Technologically Enhanced Legal Services
Computer Law & Security Review (Forthcoming)
21 Pages Posted: 3 Dec 2020
Date Written: November 23, 2020
Legal professionals increasingly rely on digital technologies when they provide legal services. The most advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) promise great advancements of legal services, but lawyers are traditionally not educated in the field of digital technology and thus cannot fully unlock the potential of such technologies in their practice. In this paper, we identify five distinct skills and knowledge gaps that prevent lawyers from implementing AI and digital technology in the provision of legal services and suggest concrete models for education and training in this area. Our findings and recommendations are based on a series of semi-structured interviews, design and delivery of an experimental course in ‘Law and Computer Science’, and an analysis of the empirical data in view of wider debates in the literature concerning legal education and 21st century skills.
Keywords: legal education, profession, digital technology, artificial intelligence, 21st century skills, legal technologist
JEL Classification: K00, M53, O3, K1
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