Free Practice Technology Ebook for Law Students

I have been toying with this project for some time.  For the past 8 years, I have contributed to the opening seminar at Duke University’s law school legal technology course.  Recently, I have felt that it would be good to do a mind dump of all of the other concepts that I might cover given the chance.

Since writing is one of the things I enjoy – as you can tell from my other books – I pitched this book to a publisher.  They weren’t interested, because it is not sufficiently academic.  And it’s not.

What it is:

  • a free e-book of roughly 20,000 words providing an overview of practice technology in a generic law practice;
  • licensed under a Creative Commons Share-alike license so that faculty can repurpose it however they like;
  • an e-book for law students looking for something longer than blog posts or even long form law practice technology articles;
  • intended to be practical, flavored heavily with my own opinions about law practice technology and data that I rely on myself when thinking about legal technology.  I realize I’m not a practicing lawyer, and for those who find this text lacking because of that, I encourage them to enhance it and share their own knowledge;
  • version 1, and it may be a bit rough (and use a bit more editing) but I hope it will continue at least to version 2.

In some respects, this was a bit of mental clearing of the decks.  It’s been percolating for awhile and is ready to be public, if not published.  I’m hoping it will be useful to someone.

You can read the entire text here: although you may find my server slow.

You can download the EPUB version or MOBI versions too.


David Whelan

I improve information access and lead information teams. My books on finding information and managing it and practicing law using cloud computing reflect my interest in information management, technology, law practice, and legal research. I've been a library director in Canada and the US, as well as directing the American Bar Association's Legal Technology Resource Center. I speak and write frequently on information, technology, law library, and law practice issues.