Millennials, Technology, and Professional Responsibility: Training a New Generation in Technological Professionalism
66 Pages Posted: 5 Apr 2014 Last revised: 5 Jun 2014
Date Written: August 7, 2013
This article explores the convergence of technologically-savvy Millennial law students, the evolving nature and expectations of legal practice, and the resulting responsibility of legal education to adequately prepare these law students to practice law in a new environment. This article will address the changing landscape of the law school and legal profession by: 1) examining several unique qualities particular to Millennials and their use of technology; 2) exploring the ethical implications of advancing technology on legal practice; and 3) presenting essential elements of a technological professionalism curriculum. As a matter of practical application, the article concludes with a hypothetical scenario that introduces and examines real-world examples of ethical and interpersonal issues associated with technology and provides best practice solutions.
Keywords: professional responsibility, competence, technology, confidentiality, clinical teaching
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