Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Is Coding a Lawyering Skill?

This post from the Advocate’s Studio raises an interesting question.  Are we illiterate if we can’t program? 

“[T]here is a new movement afoot that is pushing the idea that literacy should also include the ability to program. ReadWriteWeb describes this concept in a great blog post. Proponents of programming as a measure of literacy explain that we are rapidly moving to a standard of interaction that rates the communications between man and machine and machine and machine at equal importance as communications between man and man. He or she who can master machine language will control two-thirds (or thereabouts) of the flow of information.”

I agree with the notion that there are plenty of reasons to learn to code, or at least how to read and understand code.  With the amount of online evidence and data involved in the day-to-day life of a lawyer, it seems like a useful skill.  It might be a great skill for building an attractive resume!

Hat tip Nicole Black (@nikiblack)


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