LegalEdCon tech insights: What key skills should law firms be hiring for?

LegalEdCon tech insights: What key skills should law firms be hiring for?

 

The technology skills gap is a current hot topic and one which has continued to circulate in legal panels and industry research.

However, is there a real skills gap for law firms around technology? What are the solutions? Do lawyers even need advanced tech skills?

Christopher O’Connor, Head of Segment Marketing at LexisNexis UK, recently presented a keynote and took part in the panel discussion at Legal Cheek’s LegalEdCon North conference in Manchester. The event covered key hot topics around legal education, including the delivery and model of the SQE, the impact of legal tech on the profession, and more pertinent than ever—wellbeing for lawyers.

In this article, we examine how law firms can use the insights gained to help grow their businesses and talent pool strategies.

 

What key skills do lawyers need today?

 

The legal tech market has boomed, with global investments in legal technology companies reaching almost £1bn last year.

As ever, demanding workloads in the legal profession are pushing lawyers to do more with less. Legal tech and AI are a perceived resolution to this challenge, however, Chris notes that law firms shouldn’t necessarily jump into hiring tech graduates as a solution.

“The ability [for trainees and junior lawyers] to carry out core legal research is vital and initially much more important than learning to code”

In his opinion, lawyers can look to train in varying ways. He suggests that future lawyers don’t necessarily need to have studied Law or a STEM degree in order to flourish in today’s job market.

“Coding isn’t the be all and end all for developing into a lawyers’ role—particularly as the technology itself changes so quickly. Good aptitude at one point in time won’t necessarily lead to success in the real world once the tech has moved on. “

An innate ability to be flexible, adaptable, and certainly a basic appreciation of Excel will all stand junior lawyers in good stead for their

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Amy leads the content marketing strategy for LexisNexis UK, writing thought leadership and product content for marketing campaigns, insight reports and legal industry magazines. She is an established writer and researcher, having contributed in national publications, such as City A.M. and Financial IT. She is also one of the writers and digital editors of LexisNexis' insights blogs, the Future of Law and the In-house blog.