Information technology (IT) offers possibilities for legal practitioners not only as an aid in administrative processes but also for legal tasks. The former have been gradually automated particularly in larger firms but automation regarding the latter is still uncommon. Nevertheless, law firms could take advantage of their late start. A research project initiated by the Centre for Computers and Law of the Erasmus University Rotterdam will examine the application of IT to law firms. The project stresses the specific organizational aspects that need to be taken into account when dealing with the implementation of IT. The project addresses three research questions; the current state of law firms regarding their use of IT; what triggers or does not trigger law firms to make use of IT; how can IT be implemented within law firms without making the mistakes made by other businesses in which the implementation has been a failure. This research may well be of importance to the Dutch Bar as it has set the goal that all law firms must have reached a certain level of automation before the end of this century.

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Conference 1994 Computer Personnel Research Conference on Reinventing IS: Managing Information Technology in Changing Organizations, SIGCPR 1994
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van der Wees, J.G.L, & Huysman, M. (1994). IT in legal practice research in progress. In Proceedings of the 1994 Computer Personnel Research Conference on Reinventing IS: Managing Information Technology in Changing Organizations, SIGCPR 1994 (pp. 116–119). doi:10.1145/186281.186301