The Innovative Law Student blog provides helpful resources for law students to navigate the legal tech ecosystem.
Please note this collection is not meant to be exhaustive, but rather a curated collection that includes a fairly stable collection of foundational resources including legal education tech tools, legal tech websites, legal tech conferences around the nation, legal blogs, and legal hacking, technology and innovation meet up groups around the nation.
If you have suggestions for additional materials to include in our resources page, please contact us!
Legal Ed Tech Tools
Qumbee has helped more than 12,000 students achieve academic success in law school with expertly written case briefs, engaging video lessons, and access to hundreds of practice questions.
CALI Lessons are our most popular and widely used learning tool. They are computer-based, interactive tutorials that cover narrow topics of law. Browse our library of over 900 CALI Lessons below.
WeCite! Join the thousands of law students involved in the WeCite contest, a great and easy way to contribute to a free legal resource and win cool prizes. Check out theleaderboards and the Legal Research Fellows, Casetext’s best WeCiters.
My Law Academy is the coolest way to learn law school topics. Hosted by a charmingly egotistic 1L named Super Cool, the Law Academy brings a refreshingly clever blend of humor, music and storytelling into explanations of first year law school doctrinal topics.
Legal Tech Websites
American Bar Association Technology Resource Center For more than 20 years, the Legal Technology Resource Center (LTRC) has provided legal technology guidance to ABA members through various outlets including a technology blog, publications, monthly webinars and its extensive website.
Tech for Justice is an initiative to accelerate the development of technology applications that improve access to justice. By hosting a series of Hackathons, think tanks, and building sessions focused on solving legal issues through technology know-how and entrepreneurial, socially-focused action, Tech For Justice seeks to incentivize some of our best minds to help solve pressing issues related to the U.S. legal system, namely that all are able to access its resources.
Internet Bar Organization mission is to use the Internet to promote legal and economic justice for all people. We are dedicated to bringing high quality programs, publications, and research to lawyers who are practicing more and more in virtual, digital environments. IBO also operates several applied research projects in developing regions of the world to increase access to justice through legal and technology education.
Legal Tech Conferences
CALIcon16 The 26th Annual CALI Conference for Law School Computing brings together leading academics, educators, institutional leaders, and technology professionals to discuss the transformation of legal education through technology and innovation. Our theme for 2016 is “The Year of Learning Dangerously”, echoing the tough balancing act to meet the growing demands within the legal education industry.
ABA Tech Show The ABA TECHSHOW Conference and EXPO is where lawyers, legal professionals, and technology all come together. For three days, attendees learn about the most useful and practical technologies available. Our variety of CLE programming offers a great deal of education in just a short amount of time.
Clio Cloud Conference brings together the best and brightest from the legal, business, and technology worlds for one of the industry’s top conferences.
Lawyernomics Avvo’s Lawyernomics conference is the premiere legal marketing event of the year. The conference brings together thought leaders, legal tech innovators, and hundreds of attorneys for three days of inspiration, networking, and learning. Hosted in Vegas year after year – we are always sure to have plenty of fun on the side!
ILTACON is a four-day educational conference that draws on the personal and collective strengths of professionals working in technology within law firms and legal departments. ILTACON will empower us to share what works, what doesn’t and the tools to face challenges now and in the future.
Legal Tech Blogs
Real Lawyer Have Blogs Founding LexBlog and serving as its CEO, Kevin O’Keefe has combined his love of the law and my desire to help others. Real Lawyers Have Blogs represents Kevin’s best efforts to share information, news, and commentary to help lawyers and other professionals looking to network online, whether it be via blogging or other social media.
Right Brain Law is an attempt to advocate for a move from an unflinching focus upon left brain skills to acknowledgement, acceptance, and even integration of right brain skills. Topics of particular interest are those which, perhaps, have not seen as much traction in the current practice of law or legal education such as authentic emotional leadership, innovation, and creativity.
Legal Informatics Blog is devoted to scholarly and professional discussion of legal information systems and the study of them, a field of information science that is also called “legal informatics,” and to the study of legal communication.
Law Technology Today (LTT) was launched in 2012 to provide the legal community with practical guidance for the present and sensible strategies for the future. LTT brings together practicing lawyers, technology professionals, and practice management experts from a wide range of practice settings and backgrounds.
Future Lawyer is a blog about the technology of today and tomorrow—with a legal spin. The author, attorney Richard “Rick” M. Georges, practices in St. Petersburg, Florida. Rick’s personality comes through in his posts, which are witty, a bit edgy, and always fun to read. Humorous graphics usually accompany the posts. He discusses all things technology including gadget reviews, security and privacy, mobility, apps, and yes, cloud technology.
LawSites is a blog written by Massachusetts lawyer, writer, and media consultant, Robert Ambrogi. Bob is a true early adopter—having started the site in 2002 and going strong ever since. The focus of the blog is to share useful websites relevant to the legal profession. Bob also writes a second blog, Media Law (http://medialaw.lawline.com), and co-hosts with J. Craig Williams the always-cutting-edge legal podcast, Lawyer2Lawyer, which can be found on the Legal Talk Network.
Above and Beyond KM written by Mary Abraham, is a blog about knowledge management and how attorneys work. Mary recaps notes from conferences she attends, shares resources, and discusses topics such as collaboration, best practices, innovation, social media, technology and, of course, knowledge management, just to name a few. Above and Beyond KM has won numerous awards since it was launched in 2008.
3 Geeks and a Law Blog focus on knowledge management, library sciences, technology, and internet marketing. It is written by three attorneys: Lisa Salazar, Greg Lambert and Toby Brown. They post relevant, up-to-date information about new trends and technologies and how they relate to the legal community. A favorite regular feature is, “Elephant Posts,” when the authors discuss topics that are controversial or that tend to be ignored.
The TechnoLawyer Blog is owned by PeerViews, Inc., which is a privately held online media company in New York City. The blog itself is managed by Neil J. Squillante and Sara Skiff. The blog focuses on all legal technology and practice management. With a (free) membership, readers get access to regular newsletters, which are packed with links to other notable legal blogs, as well as access to past post archives.
Sophisticated Litigation Support Blog is about electronic discovery, digital forensics, and litigation-support services. This blog is written by a litigation support vendor named TERIS. However, the blog covers many relevant topics such as copyright, eDiscovery, social networks, environmental law, the role of technology in courts and links to many other legal blogs. The blog has been active since 2006.
Legal Hacking, Technology, and Innovation Groups
There now appear to be more than twenty legal hacking, technology, or innovation groups meeting regularly and hosting legal hacking, legal startup showcases, or similar events: (Source Legal Informatics Blog)
- Atlanta Legal Innovation & Technology Meetup
- Austin Legal Tech and Legal Innovation
- Boston and Cambridge Legal Hackers
- Boston Legal Innovation Meetup
- Chicago Legal Hackers
- Chicago Legal Innovation and Technology Meetup
- Greater Cincinnati Legal Innovation Meetup
- DC Legal Hackers
- Detroit Legal Innovation and Technology Meetup
- Los Angeles Legal Innovation / Legal Hacking Meetup
- Legal Hackers LA [Los Angeles], also called e-Stet Community
- New York Legal Hackers
- Legal Services Innovators Group (New York City)
- NC Legal Hackers (North Carolina)
- Legal Innovation Paris Meetup
- PDX Law Hackers: Building Legal Solutions the Portland Way
- Bay Area Legal Technology Meetup
- CodeX: The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics (Stanford, California)
- Disrupting the Legal Industry (San Francisco)
- Law By Design (San Francisco Bay area)
- Legal Tech Startups & Their Admirers (West Coast Branch)(San Francisco)
- SF LegalTech Meetup
- Seattle Legal Innovation and Technology MeetUp