Lawyers are used to being the experts in the room. They're educated and skilled professionals. They have been trained to identify and mitigate risk. They work with precision.

This is great news for solving legal challenges, but what happens when you bring lawyers into a tech environment and ask them to participate? Too often they feel uncomfortable and unqualified to contribute. Sometimes they will stop paying attention entirely, instead choosing to get lost in the continuous stream of emails on their phone.

How might the legal industry solve this challenge? Do lawyers need to learn how to code? This might be the right route for some, but is it the only way?

Lawyers need to understand what technology can do for them and how to use it. They don't necessarily need to understand how to build it. 

You don't need to be a mechanic to drive a car. You do need to be able to understand the operator's manual! Do you think lawyers would benefit from 'tech driving lessons'?

Please note this blog post was written by a Clifford Chance LLP employee. Clifford Chance LLP is the parent company of Clifford Chance Applied Solutions (CCAS). The content within this post does not constitute legal advice.