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Technology jobs for law school grads (not coding)

Technology for Lawyers

Published: May 3, 2019

Most of the topics covered by this column concern technological applications in the law business or court decisions and ethical rules that concern technology in some way.

However, one major impact of legal technology is the fact that various companies need lawyers who have a feel for and skills with newer forms of tech—whether or not that tech is actually applicable to the law biz.

This seems to be especially true for law school students thinking about fields of practice as they emerge from their academic cocoons and stare into that bright light of the “real world.” Right, kids?

The National Jurist recently published an overview of “Hot Tech Jobs for Law Grads.” Here are a few of their recommendations.

First up is “Privacy Manager.” Note that this aligns with my personal campaign to get everyone aware of GDPR and other privacy issues. Any GDPR compliance committee in any company will need legal staff. Jobs await.

Next is “Legal Operations.” This is a position in which the lawyer decides how the law department’s tech will be acquired, applied and run. Good at flow charts?

“Legal Solutions Architect.” This is the external version of legal ops, where the solutions involve software designed around client needs. If you’ve been paying attention, this is the direction that law practice is headed.

“Legal Engineer.” This is a position with a legal software company that works with clients to design the software that they individually need.

“Data Analyst” Say you graduate from The University of Akron School of Law having taken IP classes, having an understanding of patent law, with the ability to visualize and understand big data, and you’re looking for a job with a legal software company specializing in applying AI to all of that. This is your job.

“Cybersecurity Professional.” Handling the legal aspects of cybersecurity is a real job. It’s my dream job. Go for it.

“Project Manager for Technology Companies.” The projects require someone who can write and interpret contracts around the needs of tech companies. May come with stock options.

There are a lot more thoughts in this very interesting an worthwhile commentary in the original article here: