Bridging the technology gap in the practice of law.

Technology Competencies Credential

The legal workplace is increasingly relying on technology to improve efficiencies and reduce costs. Lawyers are running their law practices virtually. Law firms are automating case management, document assembly and document review. Legal services are being marketed through websites, blogs and social media. Courts are automating case management, allowing for sophisticated presentations to juries, and creating virtual courtrooms through videoconferencing technologies. 

Dayton Law is responding to the need for lawyers to be competent in these types of technologies when they enter the workforce. The new Technology Competencies Credential - the “Tech Credential”- is now being offered as an elective credential that School of Law students can pursue during their juris doctor degree studies. Upon successful completion of the credential, students will receive a certificate at graduation.

Benefits to the Student

This innovative credential enables students to become competent in using the technologies that law firms, courts and other legal organizations routinely use in today's practice. Students with the Tech Credential will have a real-world advantage and can hit the ground running, being effective and productive from the first day.

The Credentialing Process

Students who elect to pursue the Tech Credential will be required to obtain a minimum number of core technology competencies by the time they graduate. Students can acquire the competencies through a combination of optional workshops, and Dayton Law courses, where one or more of the competencies are taught. Students will be required to complete an assessment of their work related to each competency and obtain instructor certification that the student satisfactorily performed.   

Core Technology Competencies

In order to be certified in the tech competencies, a student must demonstrate that they understand and can perform technology tasks as indicated below.

Legal Tech Competencies (Obtain a minimum of 10)

  • Use an online case and practice management system effectively
  • Use electronic systems for checking conflicts of interest
  • Use calendaring and docketing software
  • Conduct online research without using a fee-based system
  • Admit digital evidence into court
  • Search and obtain digital evidence
  • Obtain online documents via a warrant or subpoena
  • Store and retrieve legal documents in the cloud
  • Make a courtroom presentation with an electronic presentation tool  (like PowerPoint or Prezi)
  • Use the technology available in the court system, including e-filing and docket/case management systems
  • Ethically store electronic data
  • Use the cloud for file retention
  • Communicate with clients via text in compliance with ethical rules and without jeopardizing attorney client privilege
  • Advertise via the Internet and social media in compliance with ethical rules
  • Use attorney fee-tracking programs
  • Use electronic discovery and technology-assisted review of it
  • Use software that provides analytics of court data
  • Use contract software, including contract lifecycle management products and contract drafting products.

General Tech Competencies (Obtain a minimum of 10)

  • Communicate via online video
  • Use email and social media with appropriate etiquette
  • Create and maintain a podcast
  • Create and maintain a blog
  • Use a minimum of 5 social media platforms
  • Create a LinkedIn account
  • Create a YouTube video
  • Use encryption
  • List methods for maintaining online privacy
  • Use Windows and Mac operating systems
  • Create a presentation with an electronic presentation tool (like PowerPoint or Prezi)
  • Create and use Google Docs
  • Use an Excel spreadsheet with basic formulas
  • Use word processing software
  • Identify and eliminate metadata
  • List key provisions in insurance policies used to protect from data breaches

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