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by Vault Law Editors | April 06, 2021

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As technology has advanced, so too has its use across the legal industry and within law firms seeking to improve efficiency for lawyers and clients. And never has technology been so at the forefront as it has been during the COVID-19 pandemic, as law firms have adapted their technology infrastructures to support lawyers and staff working remotely. Of course, legal technology encompasses more than home office equipment—it includes solutions like time-keeping software, eDiscovery platforms, case management systems, client document collection tools, and more.

Here at Vault, we have also been innovating. In fall 2020, we launched the new Vault Law App, which includes Vault’s law firm rankings, firm profiles, practice area resources, and a law firm comparison tool. The app was designed to help law students and lawyers research legal careers and prepare for law firm interviews—all at their fingertips.

Vault wouldn’t have been able to launch our app without the help of our law firm underwriters, whose support is indicative of their broader commitment to technology and innovation in the legal field. Some of these firms shared more with us about what technology and innovation means to them. Watch the videos below to hear firsthand about how these firms use technology to support their lawyers, staff, and clients.

Hogan Lovells

When COVID-19 hit, Hogan Lovells jumped in to help students who were attending U.S. schools but stuck elsewhere around the world. The firm created an innovative program tracking the regulatory framework in numerous countries regarding whether or to what extent U.S. schools could beam their programs into the country. This led to the creation of an online platform for college and university clients, allowing them to track and understand their country-by-country obligations.

Latham & Watkins

Prior to COVID-19, Latham had already invested in building a strong technology infrastructure, which no doubt helped the firm land the No. 2 spot on Vault’s 2021 Best Law Firms for Technology and Innovation ranking. A popular addition during COVID-19 has been the “Observation Deck,” a program that allows lawyers firmwide to watch Latham trial lawyers in action in virtual court. This has given associates the unique ability to attend more hearings than ever, and the firm hosts debrief sessions to foster associate learning.

Paul Hastings

Paul Hastings views innovation as one of the firm's core values. The firm is especially proud of its Legal Tech University, which exposes new associates to technology and how they can leverage it in their practice. As part of the Legal Tech University curriculum, associates work together to solve a real-world legal problem using legal technology.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Weil views technology as an important tool for maintaining firm culture and community. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the firm’s executive partner has sent weekly check-in emails, and the firm has used a variety of other technologies to keep lawyers looped in—for example, the firm has hosted a number of virtual social events, from pumpkin carving to trivia night.

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