Some time ago, we at the Harris County Law Library raised a question: Coding for Lawyers - Novelty or Necessity? We revisited that question a while later in Techno-Legal Practitioners and Lawyers Learning to Code. Now it's time to return to this topic again as the growth of do-it-yourself learning tools has expanded opportunities for lawyers to acquire the skill that some call the new literacy.
There is no shortage of easily accessible, user-friendly, free or low-cost resources for developing the knowledge you need to call yourself a coder. Support from other aspiring coders is also widely available and finding a tribe of lawyer-programmers who share your goal can be very helpful. Joining local Meetup groups is an excellent way to build and stay connected to a coding community as is participation in networks of fellow lawyers who code, such as Legal Hackers or similar civic tech organizations. But where should a would-be coder begin? For a good introduction to coding, try What is Code? and then dive in using the resources below where you'll find help, advice, and support from others who are self-taught coders, including those who have transitioned to coding as a second career -- or as a career builder -- in later life.