Although law schools still teach the traditionalmethods of “paper research,” theyare also offering an ever-increasing numberof courses instructing law students onthe use of information technology andcomputer-based research. The federalcourts have moved fully into electronic filingfor the processing of nearly everyspecies of legal filing, and the state courts,which have not yet done so, will do so inthe very near future.

The legal profession, like nearlyevery other aspect of economic and socialendeavor in contemporary American society,has become so dependent upon informationtechnology that the legal practitionerswho eschew that technology will behard-pressed to ply their trade. While large firmsgenerally have more capital to invest inboth the necessary technology and the personneladept in its deployment, use andmaintenance, the solo practitioner and thesmall firm may be more financially constrained.

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