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The Future of Legal Education: A University Forum

Why We Do It

“The Future of Education – University Forum” project is motivated by the imperative to address the challenges posed by digital transformation in legal education. A targeted group of international experts in legal transformation and legal education converge in this Forum with the aim of identifying possibilities for the future of legal education. The group, comprising representatives from law schools, educational institutions, legal departments, law firms, lawyer/bar associations, and students, endeavors to establish curriculum content and create course materials that respond to the evolving needs of the legal ecosystem. The overarching goal is to bridge the gap between traditional legal education mandates and the disruptive forces brought about by digital transformation. This initiative recognizes the necessity for law schools to balance existing curriculum requirements with the imperative to prepare students for the ethical, regulatory, and technological challenges of the future legal landscape.

Dierk Schindler

How We Do It

he Forum employs a collaborative and comprehensive approach to achieve its objectives. Experts in legal transformation and education come together to conduct a thorough gap analysis, shedding light on the disparities between current legal education practices and the requirements of a transforming legal ecosystem. The output of this analysis serves as a valuable contribution to the ongoing discourse on the development and enhancement of legal professionals’ education.

The curriculum developed by the Forum becomes a crucial orientation tool for stakeholders in legal education, providing insights into the skills and knowledge needed to navigate and succeed in the future legal landscape. Additionally, the Forum leverages online lectures to offer immediate and relevant insights into new topics, thereby serving as a tangible bridge to address the identified gaps and contribute to the advancement of legal education.

Forum participants are co-heading the project and carrying it out in the following five phases:

Liquid Legal Summit 2024

Current issues such as decreasing enrollments, a lack of essential skills, inefficient processes, and digital disparities in justice indicate a deep-rooted crisis. Accelerated by AI developments, these problems particularly impact copyright and regulatory aspects of the legal sector. These topics will be discussed at the Liquid Legal Summit on July 4 at the Kameha Grand Hotel in Bonn, focusing on joint efforts to tackle these challenges.