Gaps Between Teaching and Skills in Law

By Kristopher A. Nelson
in March 2007

200 words / 1 min.
A large majority of lawyers perceive critical gaps between what they are taught in law schools and the skills they need in the workplace, and appropriate technologies are not being used to help close this gap. aEUR” Gene Koo, New Skills, New Learning: legal education and the promise of technology I can attest to this. […]


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A large majority of lawyers perceive critical gaps between what they are taught in law schools and the skills they need in the workplace, and appropriate technologies are not being used to help close this gap.

— Gene Koo, New Skills, New Learning: legal education and the promise of technology

I can attest to this. When one’s Legal Writing & Research class forbids one to use online resources during the first semester, and only grudgingly grants access during the second semester, how can I not? The only training or instruction with online resources we’ve received has been a brief Lexis training seminar from our company representative.


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