Because lawyers often need to get up to speed on a topic quickly, most find that they can learn almost anything on the Internet, provided they can find the appropriate tools and resources. In the short term, lawyers often need to do quick research for a speech, webinar, or to talk to a specialist about a subject. More lasting knowledge is needed for specific case and client knowledge, starting a new position or job, or learning about new technology. With all of the online resources available, how can a lawyer quickly get started gaining a solid foundation in knowledge of a new subject?
In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss how lawyers can accelerate their learning process, where to find quality learning tools online, and their favorite ideas and tips. Kennedy and Mighell both agree that it is important to consider the subject matter, how quickly it needs to be learned, and what method works best for each individual lawyer. While both prefer Wikipedia as a starting place to gain knowledge, Kennedy prefers podcasts, audiobooks, and presentation slides as sources of more detailed information. Mighell prefers blogs and online university courses, although he emphasizes that the user is responsible for quality control and management. In the end, each lawyer should consider how he/she learned best during school, and use the Internet as a resource while trying not to waste time searching for documents.