This first program in the Legal Analytics Series - Organizing Useful Practice Data - First Steps for Everyone focuses on teaching attorneys the basics of creating and organizing useful practice data. Many lawyers haven’t had real exposure to the idea of using data to drive decisions. They might not understand the idea, or they might not know how to start. In this respect, the legal industry is well behind other industries. Almost all of the principles that guide the process of using data to make decisions come from other industries – but they are easily adapted to legal practice. In addition, data-driven decision making is equally applicable to in-house attorneys or legal operations.
In “What is Data Driven Law,” Mary Juetten provides a useful article on data-driven law, describing the methods attorneys should use to bring a data-driven approach to their practice. She outlines the basic concepts:
- Start with the end in mind: identify what you as an attorney want to accomplish, find your pain points, and determine what changes you want to see in your practice.
- Process before Purchase; Data before Decision: determine what you want to accomplish and how you might achieve that goal before you start investing in new systems and technology. Obtain data, and use that data to make your decisions.
- Capture data near the source: capture your information as close to the beginning of the process as possible, and continue to collect it as the process continues.