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Student Lawyer: The Tech Issue

Student Lawyer March 2016

The latest edition of Student Lawyer is out today – and it’s all about the latest technology you need to know and the apps you’ll use in your education and career. Watch for your copy by mail or check out the online versions of the information.

You should understand and embrace legal tech. Here’s why.
For law students, becoming proficient in technology tied to the practice of law presents a huge opportunity. You can add value for your employer by leveraging technology to enhance productivity. And in a challenging job market, you can set yourself apart and develop a strong personal brand by demonstrating a meaningful understanding of legal technology.

Tech Tools Most Lawyers Aren’t Using Today But Will Be in the Future
In a Field still predominately defined by yellow legal pads and pencils, I’m proud of the fact that together with other members of our team, we have actually defined our practice through our early adoption of leading-edge technology.

10 apps and tools for every student lawyer
As a new law school graduate—and someone who’s run startups that included developing apps and software—I have insights into technology others may not necessarily see. Here are 10 wonderful tools and applications I think every law student should use.

Tech tools to simplify legal research and writing
If there’s one class law students love to hate, it’s Legal Research and Writing. Although it’s clear LRW is important—arguably it’s the most important class you’ll take as a 1L—the reality is that it can take over your life if you’re not careful.

Take it from startups: These tools rock!
As a new law school graduate—and someone who’s run startups that included developing apps and software—I have insights into technology others may not necessarily see. Here are 10 wonderful tools and applications I think every law student should use.

Leverage your tech skills into a legal job
A recent graduate gives a firsthand account of how he’s adapting to his employers’ technology on the job and adding value by volunteering to lead its social media efforts.

Going solo? How to get high-tech results from low-tech tools
It costs a lot of money to fully automate a new solo office. Here’s how to get great results as you build to full technical capacity.

Catch up on the podcasts you’ve missed, then spread the word
Surely you’ve heard that in addition to unveiling a brand new website in the fall, the Law Student Division also launched the ABA Law Student Podcast, produced by Legal Talk Network. Since then, we’ve been recording episodes every month that tackle issues affecting law students, law schools, and recent grads.

Can you hack this?
The Seattle Legal Tech Startup Weekend, a weekend-long hackathon, was premised on the idea that technological disruption to the legal industry couldn’t come fast enough.

The clerkship conundrum: How to get the job
What are the two most important steps in getting a clerkship? Knowing your audience and proofreading your materials. Seriously, proofread.

Students may soon earn credit, pay for work
Interpretation 305-2—which has stopped law students across the country from earning pay and credit for internships or externships they perform—has been severed from Standard 305 and effectively eliminated from the notice and comment sent in January.

My life as an ABA delegate
Get involved, they say! It’ll be good for your career—and it’ll be fun! If you’ve heard that recommendation and been wondering what volunteering for an ABA role might involve, I can offer insights based on my position as a 2015-2016 delegate.

He walks the line: 1L balances school … and the U.S. Supreme Court?
In many ways, Steve Shapiro is an average law student. He goes to class, reads a daunting amount of case law, and outlines. But in other ways, he’s anything but average.

Book Review: How to get more out of IRAC
It’s easy to feel intimidated by the onslaught of acronyms you hear upon getting to law school: IRAC, CRAC, CREAC, IRARARAC. For new students, these words may as well be the incantations of an ancient mystery cult.

The future is bright for cloud storage
Cloud storage can make your work life much easier. However, you must properly manage the professionalism challenges cloud storage presents in the legal world. Here’s what you need to know.

Appellate briefs: Law school lessons adapted to the real world
Your goal when writing an appellate brief should be to craft a document that the intended audience will want to start reading at the very beginning and not put down until the end. Your audience should feel a sense of understanding and appreciation for how you were able to tie the whole thing together.

The art of legal writing: How to find your voice
In most law school seminars, the instruction of legal writing usually gets broken down into technical details. However, legal writing—just like every other form of writing—is more art than science.

An advocate for students in the admissions arena
Deena A. Maerowitz uses the advocacy skills she learned in law school and in practice every day. She just uses them outside the courtroom and on behalf of students.

O’Mara: It took years to understand my obligations
Mark O’Mara, who led the high-profile defense of George Zimmerman, began his career as a prosecutor and quickly crossed to the other side of the courtroom. He’s served as a defense attorney ever since. He’s also the founder of Justice Outreach, a non-profit organization working to identify and fix problems with the justice system, particularly in juvenile justice.

Making strides in the sports world
Recent Nova Southeastern University–Shepard Broad College of Law graduate Udoka “Dee” Nwosu shared one piece of advice for law students wanting to blaze their own career path before graduating: “Take risks and chances, and really put yourself out there.”

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