Suffolk Law School is lauded for being ahead of the pack on integration of technology in legal education by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.

The Feb. 28 article, titled “Tech-wary lawyers told to innovate or perish,” warned that the legal environment is changing and many clients and firms expect newly minted lawyers to be well versed in the technologies that boost efficiency.

Singling out Suffolk Law's new concentration in Legal Technology and Innovation, the newspaper said Suffolk Law School is one of two Boston schools that have "wholeheartedly embraced" teaching technology as a necessary skill for succcessful lawyers.

Law Professor Andrew M. Perlman, director of the Institute on Law Practice Technology and Innovation and the new legal tech concentration, discusses Suffolk’s response to expectations for change in legal education in the article.

“We're taking many steps that go well beyond just window dressing. … If graduates have this kind of background, they'll be more attractive to clients than if they came out of law school just knowing how to practice law in the traditional sense.”

Perlman served as the chief reporter for the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20. Its review of the rules of professional conduct in light of technological advances resulted in an amendment addressing technology competency, which is under review by the Supreme Judicial Court’s advisory committee on rules.

Mass. Lawyers Weekly also notes that teaching technology in law school has been controversial. An online furor erupted after Perlman posted his thoughts on a legal ethics discussion board, writing that “law schools that fail to prepare their students for these changes are doing their students … a disservice.”

The full article [PDF] is available to Mass. Lawyers Weekly subscribers.