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Typing proficiency of in-house lawyers – one secret to productivity

Good lawyers are good typists. Too bold a claim? If you lack keyboard proficiency, your productivity relative to your peers will lag.

Critics – Luddites actually – used to suggest that expensive lawyers spent too much time typing and formatting their documents. You don’t hear that complaint much any more. Bear in mind that it is expensive to hire and keep competent administrative assistants. Furthermore, the ratio of admins to lawyers is steadily declining in law departments.

Today, where so much information flies around by email and floats in the computing cloud, where we spend so much time before monitors, it has to be true that touch typing at a good and accurate rate is an asset. You are how you type.