To survive and flourish in tough economic times, lawyers must find ways to practice more efficiently. The first step in handling any client or practice matter is to gather pertinent resources and get a sense of the “forest through the trees.” To this end, practicelaw has added “At-A-Glance” mindmaps (part of our Jump Start series) to its arsenal of forms, checklists, links, and articles. The maps are designed to get an attorney up to speed quickly by collecting resources and showing their interrelationship.
We don’t have expertise in every area of law, but we are very familiar with MSBA practice resources as well as non-MSBA resources, and how they might help an attorney. We started experimenting with this concept several months ago and settled on using mind maps to illustrate the resources available on a couple of topics:
- “law 101″ or overview topics of areas of law or issues
- “hot topics”
- technology topics for lawyers
Last week we posted mind maps which visually depict information and resources available on
- Basic Estate Planning
- Documents Involved in the Purchase of Sale of Residential Real Estate
- Managing Law Student Loans
- Finding a Legal Job in Minnesota
We’ve also provided instructions to help you navigate around the maps, follow the links, access information.
The beauty of a mind map is its ability to convey more information, show relationships more easily, and communicate faster than text alone. One of the attorney presenters at the ABA Technology Conference last April showed how he uses mind mapping software as a practice management tool and a litigation aid. Harvard, UCLA, William and Mary are a few of the law schools that have purchased mind mapping software to use with their students. As law schools employ more visual teaching methods, more students graduate and bring to the legal profession a knowledge and appreciation of the ability of visuals to communicate.
In the coming months we will add to our collection. The maps are a great way to save you time in getting up to speed and in finding pertinent resources. Check them out and let us know what you think.