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Georgia State Legal Tech Competency Model

A guide discussing models and definitions of Legal Technology Competency


BASE skills, or Basic Applications, Skills, and Expectations, are the foundation of legal tech competency. These are the facets of tech competency necessary for all legal professionals to act as ethical and efficient professionals. These can include but are not limited to (by quadrants) 

  • Practice Technology –  

  • understanding of Microsoft suite, including basic organization and functionality 

  • organization and function of practice management systems 

  • conceptual understanding of metadata and metadata sources, as well as the ability to remove 

  • understanding of basic applications used in the practice of law, including word processors, pdf software, presentation software 

  • Data  

  • Beginner understanding of excel 

  • Recognition of data sources and data-driven decision making 

  • Ability to speak intelligently to data professionals and ask the right data questions           

  • Automation & Efficiency 

  • Recognition of inefficient tasks or tasks that should be automated 

  • Basic automation functions in Word, underlying functionality leading from headings to auto-creation of other parts 

  • Knowledge of automation in other office suite and other similar products like outlook filtering, excel shortcuts, mail merges, etc.  

  • Emerging Tech 

  • Innovative mindset for problem-solving  

  • ability to identify problems that could be solved using tech solutions like new apps, workflows, or processes 

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