by Dr. Lance B. Eliot
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Key briefing points about this article:
- Hiring for legal engineers remains brisk and the outlook is assuredly sunny
- There is some confusion in the marketplace about the role of a legal engineer
- They blend the combined expertise of software engineering and the legal realm
- A non-profit professional association exists, the American Society of Legal Engineers (ASLE)
- Legal engineers will continue to be in demand, even in light of no-code and low-code efforts
Take a look at any of the various job ad boards in the legal profession and you’ll likely see an abundant and nearly desperate clamoring call for legal engineers.
Finding a legal engineer is rough to do since they are pretty much as scarce as hen’s teeth. In addition, there is a bit of confusion in the marketplace about what a legal engineer does, along with uncertainty about the appropriate qualifications for someone to tout the vaunted title of being a legal engineer.
Let’s back up a moment and first clarify why there is an existent need or calling for the use of legal engineers.
I’ll begin with a hopefully inarguable truism, namely that technology has increasingly become a vital part of the legal ecosystem. For most lawyers, jurists, and other participants in the legal world, high-tech has been inching further and further into the practice of law. Not everyone necessarily embraces the incessant march toward more and more tech in the law. That being said, as the sage adage goes, you might as well not tilt at windmills and instead summarily accept that high-tech is here to stay and will continue to expand its reach and impact upon the legal realm.
If you are still with me on this emphatic point, the next somewhat obvious question is who will aid in the necessary tasks of devising, implementing, and maintaining all of this legal high-tech…