Legal education is often treated as synonymous with law school, but not everyone who works in the law goes to law school. Paralegals may get their training in paralegal training programs or on the job. Legal technicians are still new, but they must take required courses just like lawyers. And of course, there is the general public, which may get their education from the news, from searching the internet, or from experience when they are forced to take part in the legal system.

Law School

Law school in the United States is a 3-year program focused primarily on teaching students to “think like a lawyer”—how to spot issues, analyze them, and argue both sides.

Increasingly, law schools are looking for opportunities to add courses in legal technology, design thinking, practice management, and other topics intended to prepare graduates for a world in which lawyers must do more than just think about legal problems. Examples include the Suffolk University Legal Innovation & Technology Lab, the TI:GER program at Emory Law, Stanford’s CodeX, LawWithoutWalls at the University of Miami, Michigan State University’s Center for Law, Technology & Innovation, and more.

Paralegal Programs

Published on January 21st, 2021. Last updated on April 14th, 2021, by Sam Glover.