Accelerator Program Prepares Students for Law, Tech Practice

by Kaley LaQuea

The Tech Lawyer Accelerator Program, an internship collaboration with the University of Colorado Law School and Bryan Cave, has just wrapped up its fourth year. The program aims to pair law students with technology companies to prepare them for work within legal departments and to emphasize the growing importance for lawyers to have a technological awareness and understanding.

For Bryan Cave, the decision to partner with CU Law comes after a long period of the fi rm moving toward integration of legal advice through technology processing and law. Bryan Cave chief innovation officer Katie DeBord said the tech lawyer accelerator program anticipated this need for lawyers who are tech savvy and possess the ability to combine that technological literacy with legal guidance.

“It’s no longer enough to just understand various aspects of the practice of law,” DeBord said. “What drew us to the internship was the marriage of what we had been doing and what the law school was teaching these students.”

The program introduces students to in-house practice, business fundamentals and the technology industry. The boot camp is a three-week series of modules on these topics, including lessons on costs and ways to use technology, product offerings and how to negotiate deals and ethical issues. Students complete a business simulation and conduct technology audits and mock negotiations.

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