Suffolk Law’s integration of technology into legal education is cited in the Feb. 28 Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly article “Tech-wary lawyers told to innovate or perish.

The legal environment is changing, according to the article, and many clients and firms expect newly minted lawyers to be well versed in the technologies that boost efficiency. With its concentration in Legal Technology and Innovation, Suffolk University Law School is ahead of the pack.

Law Professor Andrew M. Perlman, director of the Institute on Law Practice Technology and Innovation discusses Suffolk’s response to expectations for change in legal education in the article, saying: “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 also has 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.

The article notes that 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 is available to Mass. Lawyers Weekly subscribers.