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‘I want some lawtech experience before I start my magic circle training contract’

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Any advice?

In the latest instalment in our Career Conundrums series, one magic circle trainee-to-be is looking to get some experience in lawtech.

“I have the following career conundrum I’d appreciate some advice on: How can I, as someone starting the LPC in August then a TC in February at a magic circle firm, do some work through June and July to skill myself up? As a law undergrad I’m particularly interested in legaltech, coding, and blockchain applications.”

If you have a career conundrum, email us with it to careers@legalcheek.com.

22 Comments

Anonymous

50% of lawtech is faddish nonsense, and you as a trainee lawyer will have minimal involvement in the rest beyond using the software your partners opt to buy. Enjoy your last few months of freedom rather than wasting them like this.

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Anonymous

Don’t do this

Lawtech is nonsense

Work in a pub

You’ll learn more tbh

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Anonymous

I second this.

This isn’t a flippant comment. Learning people skills, how to get on with a range of people, and how a small business works will give you a better grounding for being a lawyer than being shut in a room with coders.

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Anonymous

Even better – go and work in a bar in a foreign country somewhere, so you can add ‘foreign language’ to the list of experiences above.

Infinitely more valuable for both personal development and professional development.

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Anonymous

You do realise the whole lawtech movement is just a fad right? Lawyers aren’t expected to be experts in coding (contrary to what numerous headlines suggest). We have blended teams of programmers and developers for that…

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Anonymous

Being a coder will never, ever be a core skill of a lawyer. If big law firms have a distinction in fee earner roles for say, M&A, capital markets, private equity, investment funds etc. etc. just within their corporate group, why would they waste time developing skills in a completely different job role, let alone legal specialism.

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Anonymous

You’ve got a TC. Enjoy your free time while you’ve still got some you maniac.

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Anonymous

Friday Filler puff piece made up by LC.

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waleed

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Anonymous

Fake link don’t click

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waleed

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Anonymall

Quite hefty albeit it rather unpredictable as the figure is pinned to the Venezuelan Bolivar!

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Anonymous

It’s not. That’s a lie.

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Groß titan

Es ist actually pegged to the Rentenmark

Timothy

Technology is changing both the legal world, and the worlds of our clients. I think it is fair to say that email revolutionised the way that many industries work and transformed the day to day realities of the job. It means that we are always connected, and that time stops for nobody.

I was out treating my aunt to some fish and chips the other Thursday evening, and, as is often the way, my windows phone started bleeping. A client seemed to think that their problem was more important than my dinner with my aunt. Of course, they were not aware of my dinner. However, it was 7:15pm so they may have had a vague idea that I might be dining. Lesson 1 – be considerate.

Lesson 2 is that legal tech is evolving, and as a future trainee I think you are right to attempt to evolve with it. There is a reason that species become extinct, and when evolution is happening, you want to evolve, not revolve. People on here say that you don’t need to code, but technically we don’t “need” to do much. Life is about excelling, and you go girl.

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Anonymous

Life is about excelling.

Those who excel generally learn how to use their time more efficiently than other people… hence the points made by several on this thread.

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Sam Moore

I would strongly advise you to ignore the people who are totally dismissing legal tech as a fad. A good chunk of it *is* hype, but there’s a big difference between knowing which bits are genuinely valuable (and here to stay) and throwing the baby out with the bath water. Document automation technology for example is quickly becoming essential to running a profitable firm.

I do agree with people saying that you don’t need to learn to code. I can code (IT background) and it has never once been useful in my legal career. I’d say don’t bother with that unless you really want to. It *can* be interesting to understand the basics concepts of coding, as there’s a surprising overlap between good code and good drafting. For example, look up the concept of ‘dry’ coding and think about how that parallels with good drafting.

What I would do in the time period you’ve got is improve your basic IT skills. Consider doing something like the European Computer Driving Licence. If you were to self-study the ECDL Base Profile and get certified, this would be genuinely useful for day one of your traineeship. The number of trainees I encounter who haven’t a clue how to use Excel is astonishing – and I bet every one of them wrote ‘strong IT skills’ on their CV.

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Anonymous

This. Entirely and unequivocally this. Ensuring that you can actually use simple IT is the most important thing.

It is genuinely woeful encountering people who seem to hold an intrinsic disdain of IT products. They refuse to learn it, embrace it or generally use it to any significant degree.

With the problems that seem to occur with Business IT, having some form of understanding to combat problems as they arise is invaluable.

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Slaughtered

Adam, you’re too old for this hunny.

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Adam

You’re never too old to learn babe

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slaughter and bae :*

A simple distinction so that people can stop responding to the bait

1. You will need to be able to handle the final IT products as they are rolled out within your firm.

2. You will not need to be able to code because your firm will already have a dedicated team for that. The only role you will ever play in this process is having a coffee with someone who can code as they quiz you over how you work.

/thread

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Anonymous

Oh enjoy your youth whilst you still can!! June and July should be for resting and enjoying your last long summer! Bloody hell!

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