It’s clear now that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we do business. Working from home, holding Zoom conferences, handling documents online, and e-filings have all had a profound impact on the way firms operate, and it’s beginning to shape the future of the legal sector. In February of this year, Team BRYTER wrote that in-house legal technology budgets will grow 200% by 2025. As these departments become more and more dependent on technology to keep up the pace, the need for IT specialists and tech-savvy legal professionals will most likely skyrocket.
The Growing Landscape of E-Discovery
One specialty predicted to continue in high demand is e-discovery/litigation. As document formatting changes due to improvements in software, professionals who are well-acquainted with the latest in e-discovery and knowledgeable about file compatibility across different platforms will have a leg up against other candidates. A paralegal with a background in predictive coding and further analysis software might cut document review by hours and make for a highly valued prospect.
It’s All in the Cloud(s)
The move from local storage to cloud computing has created a whole new set of legal issues and responsibilities. The ability to share, organize, and privatize files on a company’s cloud is vital. Setting the appropriate permissions for access and maintaining healthy network security makes all the difference in protecting client privacy. On top of that, complex litigation and other regulatory issues can arise from improper data management, so keeping data on the cloud safe will only become more critical in the coming years.
Recruiters are always looking out for candidates with experience using legal research products such as Westlaw and Lexis. While potential employers expect proficiency in client software suites such as Microsoft Office, any knowledge of law practice management software such as Clio and PracticePanther will go a long way. As more software goes mobile, it’s not a bad idea to brush up on the various legal apps for phones and tablets out there.
Workflow, in general, will continue to embrace both automation and digitization, and having tech-friendly skills at hand will only help your chances on the market. By updating your skill set in these areas, you’ll raise your chances of success in the face of future tech innovations and a changing work environment. As an employer, knowing which candidates fit best in a tech-heavy climate will place you ahead of the curve.
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