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Computers are seriously changing legal profession is changing. Ne’er has a more obvious statement been made. At the risk of boring you, I will elaborate.

Automation

Tired of written forms and stacks of files? Congratulations, you can really, REALLY destroy them now. Make an epic bonfire to stay warm once your files have been turned into data and metadata. Computers are now able to connect contracts, case numbers and court decisions. Your keen intuition just became more reliable.

Legal Research: Above and Beyond

LexisNexis is a fine and incredibly superior search engine, but it’s not the only one. Who know Google would try to compete with Google Scholar, and the complimentary “Find Law” is not half bad either. Discovering legal issues and especially, pertinent case law is a matter of digging for a good attorney, but as metadata improves and the computers become more advanced, it’s likely that these will become tagged or even easier to find.

You can find more legal search engines at the following link – comment us back with  your favorite.

E-discovery

Most of you are already well-versed in E-filing. We also refer to a similar process by a more professional name: E-discovery.

E-discovery is a highly advanced service that merges IT needs with legal intelligence, innovating firms and most of all, saving precious time in the discovery process. This process is becoming so accurate that it allows paralegal teams to work on more intense processes than “paper-in, paper-out.”

iConect offers free E-discovery software licensing for pro-bono cases. Click to learn how to take advantage of it.

Analytics

Last but perhaps most interesting: legal analytics. Lex machina is a program developed to predict the results of patent litigation. Logic processing, as it’s called, can give attorneys the competitive advantage and overall strategic business approach that their current mechanism (excuse the ceahpest of jokes) may be missing.

Curious to read more? GeekLawBlog provides some interesting information about whether or not the system is effective. We’d like to hear more from someone who has actually used it – the internet appears devoid of constructive reviews on this one.

Legal Consulting, or Better Business Intelligence

Also, the title “legal management consultant” is one  you may become familiar with in the upcoming years, mechanizing settlement times, litigation risks, and improving on data analysis on a day-to-day basis. This relies heavily on E-discovery to make great analytics possible.

No doubt the utility of computing is endless in the law field. Impress us with your suggestions or just use some of ours. Interested in raising your firm’s machine IQ? Click here for document review and E-discovery help.

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