Monday, October 2, 2017
Santa Clara University School of Law will be starting a new program next year for students called Tech Ed J.D. which will identity and then train students in the legal tech skills that employers are seeking. The school anticipates enrolling approximately 50 students in this new skills focused track which will also include 450 hours of relevant practice experience. The school is laying the groundwork now by having a team of tech lawyers and tech company in-house attorneys identify the industry specific skills law grads are lacking and then incorporating that training into the Tech Ed program. Other skills that will be emphasized include developing effective business decision-making, analyzing financial statements and negotiation skills.
From the school's website:
This is not an ordinary certificate program. The Tech Edge J.D. is a significant innovation in law school education. It combines legal, business, and technology education with hands-on skills development and individualized mentorship, while leveraging the school’s location in the Silicon Valley and renowned tech law and intellectual property curriculum. This program reflects the reality of 21st century lawyering; that to be an effective counselor, a lawyer should understand the business and technology challenges of the client.
The Tech Edge J.D. will focus on providing students with an edge over other law school graduates – specifically, the critical skills desired by employers in technology industries. The first cohort of students in the Tech Edge program will be admitted in the Fall semester of 2018.
LegalTech News has additional details about Santa Clara's new program here.