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Career Spotlight: Growing Need for Technology Legal Analysts

High Demand for Experts Who Know Law Plus AI, Blockchain and Internet of Things
Career Spotlight: Growing Need for Technology Legal Analysts
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The intersection of technology and legal frameworks is certainly not new, but it is getting increasingly complex. Advancements in artificial intelligence, blockchain, the internet of things and more have caused the demand for professionals who have expertise in those fields as well as in law to skyrocket. There simply are not enough experts equipped with knowledge in both domains, and the gap presents a unique and lucrative career opportunity.

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The Rising Demand for Tech-Law Experts

The rapid proliferation of digital technologies has brought about transformative changes in various sectors, including the legal field. Legislation and regulations struggle to keep pace with technological advancements, and this situation has created a growing need for legal experts who specialize in technology law. These experts are not just beneficial but essential for enterprise businesses that deal with intellectual property management, data privacy, cybersecurity and compliance across multiple jurisdictions.

The issue is further compounded by the fact that law firms do not want to enter this tumultuous space. Bloomberg Law's 2024 Legal Ops and Tech Survey reveals a trend: A large percentage of law firms lack in-house data experts and do not plan to hire them despite the increasing need. While a specialized law degree may not be fruitful, businesses are going to need technology legal analysts to help fill that role.

The Role of Technology Legal Analysts

Technology legal analysts are tasked with ensuring that all operations in the organization comply with current laws and anticipate future legal challenges. Their expertise is critical in drafting and managing intellectual property agreements, advising on data security measures, and drafting policies related to emerging legal territories such as AI ethics and IoT device regulations. These professionals need to be out in front of new laws and regulations - to prevent the need for a lawyer to be involved.

A career as a technology legal analyst can bring substantial rewards. Technology law is a financially satisfying career, and it offers the chance to be on the cutting edge of legal and technological innovations. Professionals in this field are uniquely positioned to influence developments in tech law and policy, so it's an intellectually stimulating career choice.

Getting Started

Aspiring technology lawyers and legal analysts should focus on developing a robust understanding of both law and technology. You can do this through specialized legal education that incorporates technology law courses and certifications in data privacy - or even degrees in fields such as cybersecurity or IT combined with law. Essential skills for success include strong analytical thinking, meticulous attention to detail and the ability to translate complex legal and technical language into actionable advice.

Many pathways and opportunities exist.

Certifications and Associations

These certifications and professional organizations may be helpful in getting you started:

  • Certified Information Privacy Professional - CIPP: Offers knowledge of data protection laws and regulations, which is essential for managing privacy issues in technology. Issued by the International Association of Privacy Professionals - IAPP.
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor - CISA: Focuses on information systems audit control, assurance and security skills, which are needed for compliance and regulatory roles. Issued by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association - ISACA.

Online Courses and Webinars

You can take advantage of online course and webinars. Platforms such as, Coursera, Udemy and LinkedIn Learning offer courses in cybersecurity, data privacy and technology law on topics such as cybersecurity law fundamentals, the EU General Data Protection Regulation - GDPR, and intellectual property management in the digital age.

Workshops and Seminars

Participating in industry workshops and seminars can give you hands-on experience and networking opportunities. These events are often hosted by legal associations, tech companies or educational institutions.

Tech Law Blogs and Journals

Regularly read respected publications in the field to stay updated on the latest legal challenges and developments in technology. Notable blogs include Eric Goldman's Technology & Marketing Law Blog and SheppardMullin's Intellectual Property Law Blog.

Professional Associations

Becoming a member of associations such as the International Association of Privacy Professionals - IAPP - or the Science and Technology Law Section of the American Bar Association can give you access to resources, professional development and networking opportunities.

An Exciting Time

A career at the intersection of technology and law offers significant opportunities for those who are intrigued by the challenges of merging cutting-edge technology with legal frameworks and driven by a desire to pave the way for ethical and effective tech adoption.

It's an exciting time to dive into this field - the demand is high, and the supply of qualified professionals is still catching up. Working as a technology law analyst places you at the forefront of legal and technological evolution, where you can shape the future of how technology affects society and business. If you’re motivated by innovation and influence, consider exploring this career, and prepare to contribute to the pivotal conversations and decisions that lie ahead.

About the Author

Brandy Harris

Brandy Harris

Director, Learning And Organizational Development,

Harris has more than 20 years of experience in education and is dedicated to evolving the cybersecurity workforce. She develops and evaluates cybersecurity programs. Harris promotes diversity and inclusion in cybersecurity by fostering collaboration between industry and academia, aiming to bridge the talent gap and drive positive change. She previously served as assistant dean and faculty member in the graduate cybersecurity program at Grand Canyon University.

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