August 11, 2014
New York Times
To the Editor:
“This Is Law School?” (Education Life, Aug. 3) is on point in highlighting new approaches taken by law schools to prepare their students for a rapidly changing legal marketplace, and particularly to meet the demands of our tech-driven society. Without question, there is a growing market for young lawyers comfortable with issues such as cybersecurity, privacy, digital currency regulations and questions related to ownership of data in the cloud.
Law schools must adapt their traditional tools to these challenges by including clinics, externships and tech-oriented courses drawing on talented practitioners. At my law school, for example, we are seeking advice from potential employers so we can supply them with tech-savvy lawyers, we have established a data law initiative, and we have set up a tech start-up clinic to train students to serve the needs of new technology businesses.
Taking the lead in preparing students for a tech-driven environment is a practical matter for law schools — one that will benefit society at large.
New York, Aug. 4, 2014
The writer is dean of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University.