updated on 30 January 2019
Nearly two thirds of junior lawyers (63%) surveyed by the Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) felt that LawTech was not having an impact on their day-to-day work and current job responsibilities. Almost half of respondents answered that they did not know what LawTech was before answering the survey.
The survey took place from April to June last year with the aim of finding out how much LawTech really impacts the legal profession, and if those who work within the profession feel that impact. Some 61% of junior lawyers who responded to the survey stated that they had little or no information and training on LawTech during the LPC and felt that their course should have provided it within the curriculum, which goes some way to explain the lack of awareness of the issue among those surveyed.
Most of those who said that LawTech was having an impact on their job indicated that LawTech was making their job easier by simplifying and speeding up processes which then enabled them to improve their accuracy and time management in their work. Almost three quarters of junior lawyers thought that their area of law could benefit in advances in LawTech.
James Kitching, executive committee member at the JLD said that “LawTech has the potential to revolutionise the way we work. However, what the survey shows is that there is a general perception that we are not there yet. More importantly, there is still not enough engagement and understanding amongst junior lawyers as to exactly what LawTech is and how it can improve the way we work, and it appears that part of the reason for this is a lack of training and education on the topic at the graduate level.”
You can read the full report by the Junior Lawyers Division here.