Global law firm Reed Smith today announced the launch of its Legal Technology Summer Associate Program, a new summer program that combines the traditional summer legal experience with a technology focus where associates will work with Reed Smith attorneys and the firm’s Innovation Team to develop creative and innovative, technology-driven solutions.

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The associates will split their time between developing legal skills and knowledge, and working with the firm's Practice Innovation Team. In addition to traditional research, writing and other routine summer associate work, the five associates in the inaugural program will work on projects which will enhance legal service delivery through technology. Indicative projects will include an initiative to explore the application of blockchain and smart contract technology to real estate transactions, the development of an automated contract execution platform for clients and the design of an internal knowledge analytics tool. As they conduct their legal work, they will also be expected to consider how technology can assist in improving efficiency and service delivery.