Are lawyers a necessary evil
Legal Tech: Already a reality or just a dream of the future? A survey analysis with surprising results
It is mentioned again and again, but what do lawyers think of legal tech? Which age group is more interested in legal tech? In which areas can legal tech enrich the legal work? These and other questions arise when you deal with the topic. In order to understand how widespread legal tech is already among lawyers and what their attitude towards the innovations associated with legal tech is, the FFI-Verlag carried out a survey. The results were surprising.
160 lawyers took part. Lawyers between 30 and 40 made up the largest group of participants.
Great familiarity with Legal Tech
Not only young lawyers are interested in legal tech: If you asked the lawyers how familiar they are with legal tech, an average of two out of three respondents answered that they were familiar to very familiar with legal tech. The 40 to 50 year olds said they were even more familiar with the new developments than the 30 to 40 year olds, of whom around every second stated that they were familiar with them. Among 40 to 50 year olds, 77 percent said they were familiar with legal tech.
Despite the still new developments in the field of digitization, this field has evidently quickly established itself with the majority of lawyers and is largely independent of age. Many lawyers have recognized that legal tech will become increasingly important in the future and that it could be a disadvantage not to deal with the changes in the legal industry.
Opportunities through legal tech?
How do attorneys feel about the changes associated with legal tech? Do you see it as an opportunity for your law firm, as a necessary evil or even as a threat to traditional legal work? The tenor of those surveyed is largely positive. A large majority of 70 percent answered the question in the affirmative: "Do you see opportunities for your law firm through the use of legal tech?":
When asked about specific plans with regard to legal tech, a similar picture emerges. Among the 40 to 50 year olds, 70 percent said they already have plans to implement digital innovations. In the 30 to 40 year olds it is 59 percent and in the over 50 year olds it is 57 percent. Legal tech is seen less as a threat and more as an opportunity to exploit new opportunities.
Legal tech is a broad field, so it was worth asking in which area you could explicitly benefit from new platforms, tools and software. Law firm organization and client acquisition were mentioned most frequently. The areas that are part of the everyday life of a lawyer, but do not make up his actual core work, the legal profession. However, the areas that affect direct legal work, such as automated document creation and the automated processing of standard procedures by software, are also of interest to many lawyers.
In conclusion, it should be noted that legal tech is still a fairly new development that needs to be observed and in which many innovations can change the legal market. Many lawyers of all ages are apparently positive about this fact and are already planning legal tech. There is great interest in finding out more about legal tech developments, because in order to be able to use innovations for your own benefit, you have to stay informed.
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