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Whether they like it or not, lawyers interact with data every day. While there is no need for them to seek advanced degrees in data science or statistics, it is becoming increasingly difficult for them to provide adequate representation without being skilled in the uses of data. Having some awareness of the importance of data and occasionally using it to strategic advantage in a legal matter or in a legal business context — what I would call basic data literacy — will soon be insufficient. They will need to become data competent to stay competitive and relevant.

Why Is Data Competency Important?

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