Future Legal Education

WHAT IS IT AND WHO IS INVOLVED?

In this Forum, a targeted group of international experts in legal transformation & legal education, representing law schools and other educational institutions, as well as legal departments, law firms, lawyer / bar associations and students aims to identify gaps in the current education, establish curriculum content and create course materials. The output will be available to all interested parties.

WHY DO WE THINK IT IS USEFUL?

The digital transformation puts law schools and thereby deans, professors & students into a very challenging position. Law schools must serve today’s traditional mandate and give priority to the currently certified curriculum, in order to put law students into a position to successfully pass their exams. At the same time they must find ways to embrace the disruption that the digital transformation brings to the ecosystem „Legal“ – new ethical questions, new regulatory challenges, partner ecosystems, the demand for new skills or even new roles & jobs altogether etc.

HOW IS IT USED?

The gap analysis by the Forum will help to further the overall debate about developing and augmenting the education of legal professionals in a transforming legal ecosystem.

The curriculum will serve as an orientation for stakeholders in legal education, as to “what else” is required to successfully enter and thrive in the future legal ecosystem.

The online lectures will be an immediate relevant insight into the new topics, i.e. the first tangible bridge across the gaps that have been identified.

HOW DO WE GET THERE?

The project will be co-headed by Forum-participants and carried out in the following 5 phases:

  1. Common Understanding: Joint sessions of participants to clarify scope, objective, deliverables & timelines, as well as working teams / tandems;
  2. Research & Information Collection: Soliciting & collecting input from participants & other experts (individually and in tandems)
  3. Consolidation, analysis & assessment: gap analysis (output #1)
  4. Discussion & proposals of future requirements: curriculum (output #2)
  5. Establishing the set of introductory lectures and courses, engaging key-experts for their delivery and deciding on the mode of production: online lectures (output #3)

TIMELINE

The project is ongoing, while the outputs identified above should all be delivered within 2019. Steps 1 3 should be completed by end of 2019. Steps 3 & 4 are targeted for 2020.