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While being a competent lawyer is one thing, being competent with technology is another thing entirely.

Tech is like a language of its own, and some people know how to speak it, while the rest are left to learn what they can through crude hand gestures, step-by-step guides, and seemingly endless, frustrating hours of point-and-click-trial-and-error. But the truly tech savvy don't just know how to do everything, they know how to figure out how to do the things they don't (and fast).

And while legal employers thankfully aren't too hot on requiring tech literacy tests, some might be quick to figure out when a new associate can't figure out the software, or if they drop the ball and forget to scrub work-product metadata out of a document production.

Below, you'll find the secret to at least appearing to be tech savvy and finding the answers to all your tech questions.

Go Mostly West, Paralegal Practitioner!

Back in the day, paralegals had to toe the line between helping lawyers and practicing law without a license.

But that line is fading as another state has authorized nonlawyers to practice law. Washington led the nation with limited license legal technicians in 2012, and Utah will start licensing paralegal practitioners in 2019.

These legal professionals can handle a variety of cases without a lawyer's supervision -- as if that never happened before.

While the world has come a long way, like sexism, ageism, and racism, nepotism still seems to be holding strong in the legal community.

It's still a tough legal job-market, and it is still rather common for lawyer-parents to help their lawyer-children get jobs (often at their parent's firm, or via calling in a favor from a colleague). And then there are firms, like the one Above The Law showed us a few years back, where the firm's blatant nepotism is touted as a feature, among other seeming non-sequiturs found on the firm's website.

How Come Everybody Else Got a Law Job?

Jobs reports can be confusing, even for law graduates and licensed lawyers.

But when one report says unemployment is at the lowest level in two decades and you still don't have a job, it can be infuriating. And how is it that the employment rate for law grads is the highest since the recession, and you're still sending out resumes?!

If that's you, or if jobs reports just make you want to scratch your head, here are some reasons it seems like everybody else got a law job:

For those of you that just finished the bar exam, first and foremost, congratulations! Just getting through law school and the exam is a feat in and of itself.

But, the real world is likely calling for most of you, and there are bills, responsibilities, and most of all, the looming (and potentially devastating) student loan payments. Basically, once your feet land back on solid ground after your post bar vacation, you need to start aggressively job hunting, if you're not already employed as a legal professional.

Below are three tips to get you going.

When seeking employment in the limited legal market that exists today, associates are looking for more than just competitive pay, but negotiating may be a frightening prospect. Negotiating a job offer tends to focus on monetary terms, like pay, bonuses, and vacation, and often non-monetary benefits get neglected, or are assumed to be inflexible.

But, like most things in life, if you don't ask, you'll never actually know what options are available. And remember, once you get that offer in hand, you know they want you, so don't be afraid to ask for more (just don't make an ultimatum you don't actually want to follow through on).

Below, you can read about some of the more important non-monetary benefits that might be worth negotiating at the offer stage.

Legal Service Salaries Rise -- Modestly

Of course, salaries rose modestly for attorneys working in civil legal services organizations.

How else would they rise? Enormously? No, these attorneys work for peanuts. But a small increase is certainly better than nothing. And fortunately for the public servants, there's more to law practice than colorful clothes and a showy lifestyle.

Before Law School, What's Your Strategy for the Future?

The future for future lawyers is not certain, but one thing is for sure: it will change.

Fortunately for law students trying to plan ahead, there are trends in the law. They show the general direction of things, such as starting salaries and evolving practice areas.

But there are other considerations that should be part of every law student's strategy for a changing future. Here are a few to include in your plan:

Everyone who tries to enter a specialized industry is faced with the same dilemma: You need industry specific job experience to get jobs in most specialized industries. It's no different than that age old saying: You need money to make money.

For law students, there's a certain art to landing the highly coveted legal summer jobs to build up your resume, as landing a summer job at a law firm or legal non-profit is as competitive as it has ever been. This means more and more law students may need to find alternative routes to getting legal experience before graduating and entering the lawyer job market.

Here are three tips to help set yourself ahead of your competition.

Required Class: Avoiding Law School Debt

Before Rick Tallini went to law school in the 1990s, there was a film in driver's education class called "Death on the Highway."

It was an auto-accident documentary with color footage of accident victims to scare future drivers into safe driving. If it didn't traumatize them psychologically, at least it made them think twice before getting a driver's license.

Tallini, who is shouldering a student debt of more than $300,000, could have learned a thing or two from a class like that in law school. "Death by Student Debt" should be required before anyone gets a law license.