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How Law Schools' Online Classes Are Supporting Rise of ‘Virtual Law’ | Legaltech News
“Gaining an education and knowing how to self-educate through virtual technology is leverage for telling an employer that you’ll be successful working from home and so many more jobs are virtual,” Coseglia said.

Many of the competitive advantages that students may be receiving are ancillary to any legal knowledge or even tech-related skills that may be built into the curriculum. Yaacov Silberman, a founding partner and the chief operating officer at Rimon PC, doesn’t think that success as a remote employee is even about technical prowess.

“I think there is sort of a cultural, behavioral, interpersonal quality you have to have if you’re working at home,” Silberman said.
virtual  schools  innovation 
4 weeks ago by JordanFurlong
Curriculum Comes Alive: How Two Law Schools Use Virtual Reality in the Classroom | Legaltech News
In recent years, law schools have injected a host of technologically-savvy initiatives into their curriculum, ranging from start-up incubators to online-centric coursework and beyond. But some law schools are looking to move their curriculum into a new dimension: the third dimension, to be specific.
The educational tracks at the 2019 American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) conference opened with “Virtual Reality in the Law Classroom,” a presentation of what two law schools have done with 360 video and 3-D modeling technologies to increase their students’ learning. Kenton Brice, director of technology innovation at University of Oklahoma College of Law, and Jenny Wondracek, director of legal educational technology at UNT Dallas College of Law, demonstrated that while the technology may seem futuristic, adopting it is feasible now.
schools  it 
9 weeks ago by JordanFurlong
Convocation Approves Ryerson’s Integrated Practice Curriculum (IPC) – Slaw
This week, Convocation at the Law Society of Ontario voted to approve the Integrated Practice Curriculum (IRC) for Ryerson’s new law school. This will make Ryerson the second school in Ontario, following Lakehead University in 2014, to adopt this model.

Approval of the proposed curriculum, which is available online, is based on the 2014 list found in the Integrated Law Practice Program for Law Schools document, which reviews exposure to specific skills and tasks, and demonstration and assessments. What this approval means is that graduates of the new law school, which are expected in 2023, will not have to complete articling in order to obtain licensing.
schools  admission  training  governance 
may 2019 by JordanFurlong
Chicago-Kent Legal Tech Program Races Against Fast Evolving Legal Careers | Legaltech News
Last year, Chicago-Kent approved a Masters of Law degree in legal innovation and technology, but it won’t officially launch until students arrive in the fall of 2019. Under that very big umbrella fits knowledge in legal analytics, machine learning and technology-aided access to justice, all of which will be dolloped out to students over the course of one year.

Krent said the program was developed to address increased demand within the economy for tech-savvy employees that can step into knowledge management roles, assist with predictive analytics or provide some added value to an organization’s use of AI.

“There was a good dialogue, not just with law firms but with providers of legal tech, about what skills they want in the next generation of employees. That’s going to change so we have to keep abreast of that. It’s a constantly evolving market,” Krent explained.

Right now much of the demand in the market revolves around privacy, security and e-discovery. Jared Coseglia, founder and CEO of TRU Staffing Partners, said the volume of hiring inside those three disciplines still outstrips that of innovation-based roles.

But there will be a demand for more innovation roles inside the legal sphere—eventually.

“Right now there’s a lot of talk and conjecture, but it hasn’t trickled down and dynamically effected the job market in the sense that legal innovation is still an executive level conversation with most law firms and not an operational agenda just yet,” Coseglia said.

A majority of the innovation-themed job openings that Coseglia comes across today originate from inside corporate law departments. This isn’t necessarily much help to graduating students since most of those companies prefer to fill those roles from within, but the ripple effect can still pose some benefits.
schools  innovation  training 
april 2019 by JordanFurlong
The Houston Legal Tech Association is Turning Law Students Into Tech Writers | Legaltech News
“The idea was to create one platform where these ecosystems of lawyers and IT professionals are together and encouraging that knowledge sharing,” noted Houston Legal Tech Association president Nakul Goenka. “We want to bring lawyers, which includes lawyers working in law firms or in-house counsel or law school students, and IT professionals on the same platform and break down the barriers of communication.”
Goenka added that understanding technical terms and technology’s effects on their business is an essential part of being a lawyer today.

While the association seeks to improve tech knowledge among lawyers, Goenka said students can also gain early career experience from learning firsthand about tech advancements and managing social media. Those benefits include exposure and immersion in the legal tech field and networking opportunities.

Interested students can email their resumes to Goenka or Legal Tech Talent Network, a recruiting firm for legal technology-focused workers the association partnered with to publicize the opportunity. Applicants will be picked based on their interest in technology and law and their availability to post online, Goenka said. There’s no set number of volunteers required, although the association expects to start posting online content this month.

What’s more, while the association is based in Houston, applications will be accepted from law students nationwide. “The business model for law firms is pretty similar throughout the world, and the technology impact in the U.S., if you are able to get a common consensus, it’ll help Houston and throughout the world,” he said.
schools  training  it 
april 2019 by JordanFurlong
TaxProf Blog
The way Chan sees it, traditional legal education is a lot like a Direct TV package, with hundreds of channels spanning from sports to science fiction. Some people love the ability to surf endlessly, but not everyone wants or needs all those channels—just as not everyone has the funds and three years of their lives to devote to getting a J.D. Still, plenty of people in the business world would benefit from some legal basics in their day-to-day work.

So why not unbundle legal education and let people pick and choose what they want to learn about, and deliver that content online in short spurts while not breaking the bank? That’s essentially the idea behind LLX, according to Chan, who is the director of the school’s executive education program. It’s a series of short online courses focused on specific areas of the law, such as negotiations, contracts and intellectual property. There are no exams, no grades, and no degree at the end. But students should come away with a legal foundation in their area of interest for less than four figures. (Each course costs $950.) The program is geared toward business executives as well as lawyers who want to develop new skills. ...

This is certainly a venture worth keeping tabs on. I suspect, as does Chan, that other schools will follow suit if LLX proves to be a financial success.
march 2019 by JordanFurlong
The Next Recession Could Cost 10,000 Lawyers Their Jobs | The American Lawyer
As a looming recession approaches, a look at history, plus some judgment, can tell us a lot about how organizations will manage their lawyer numbers once it arrives. It’s a clear, disturbing and instructive tale.
Let’s start with some history. In studying the trends in U.S. lawyer head count over the last 20 years, both in-house and at major law firms, one thing jumps out: the stark difference before and after the 2008 recession. Before 2008, all segments were growing; after 2008, in-house lawyer growth accelerated while growth in law firms ground to a halt.

Why the change? A different purchasing environment has held sway at client organizations since the recession. There’s been a rejection of ever-increasing hourly rates for the commodity offerings from much of Big Law. We’ve witnessed the rise of the ambidextrous general counsel, taking work away from overpriced firms with one hand while using the other to execute it in-house or move it to lower-cost firms and nontraditional providers.
recession  clients  firms  admission  schools 
march 2019 by JordanFurlong
Alston & Bird Partners With Georgia State University on Legal Analytics | Legaltech News
Alston & Bird is headed back to school. The Atlanta-based firm is partnering with the Legal Analytics Lab at Georgia State University to receive some hands-on tutoring in data analytics and related tools such as machine learning and text mining. In return, the firm’s attorneys will guest-lecture in graduate-level classes and participate in analytics programs on campus.
Beyond the mutual educational value, the partnership grants Alston some independence from the whims of the legal tech marketplace, where attorneys can sometimes be at the mercy of vendors. As law schools dive deeper into the technology sphere, a symbiotic relationship with firms could combine the practical experience and scientific exploration needed to refine the next generation of legal technology.

While Alston won’t be turning its back on third-party analytics products any time soon, the firm’s senior director of legal technology innovation Nola Vanhoy said they are looking to dive a bit deeper with their approach to tech.
“I don’t think we just want to limit ourselves to waiting for the market to try and deliver to us. We want to think more about it,” Vanhoy said.

Alston had a preexisting relationship with GSU that included internships with students who had a strong background in analytics. Fresh blood—even temporary fresh blood—helped keep the firm abreast of technological developments and other potential advances worth watching.

Vanhoy said the presence of those people kept Alston fresh. Without an influx of new ideas or concepts, it’s easy for a business to fall into a rut.
schools  firms  innovation  analytics 
february 2019 by JordanFurlong
Albany Law Students Create Tech Tool for Businesses to Obtain Nonprofit Status | Legaltech News
Albany Law School students have released a web-based Nonprofit Formation Tool to assist lawyers with clients attempting to gain nonprofit status.
The idea for the tool was formed during a “Law of Social Entrepreneurship and Exempt Organizations” course in fall 2017. The Nonprofit Formation Tool allows lawyers to easily create the certificate of incorporation and bylaws, important documents needed to gain status as a nonprofit in New York state. The documents are created after lawyers answer a few questions in a web-based program. The questions and program were created by Albany Law School students through the cloud-based program building A2J Author software.

The idea for the tool sprung from students observing a legal need in Albany.
“It was something needed in the community, something beneficial, and brings their [Albany Law School students] learned expertise they’ve developed in the course and spread that around with this digital tool,” said Ray Brescia, an Albany Law School professor and leader of the course. Brescia added that the tool received feedback from lawyers in the community and those in the nonprofit sector.

The Nonprofit Formation Tool requires lawyers not to charge clients when using the software. The program is only accessible for lawyers admitted to the New York bar, who must enter their attorney registration number when applying to use the tool.

While lawyers who counsel simple corporate structures is the tool’s largest projected demographic, Brescia said the software’s convenience may also encourage pro bono services.

“[It’s] really a reflection of the need in the community. We wanted to make it as easy as possible for lawyers representing nonprofits,” Brescia added. “It might encourage more lawyers to take this on pro bono as well, if they had this tool.”
schools  access  it 
february 2019 by JordanFurlong
Future Law Works – envisioning law, institutions, and education
Future Law Works was established in late 2018 following a “Law’s Futures” roundtable held in Southern California attended by more than 30 legal academics, lawyers, and designers aiming to think broadly and boldly about how law, education, and institutions should be refashioned in the decades to come.

The Law’s Futures roundtable was hosted by Hiram Chodosh (Claremont McKenna College), Dan Rodriguez (Northwestern University), and Michael Madison (University of Pittsburgh).

The Law’s Futures website is here.

One prompt for the roundtable and the programs, events, and initiatives to come was this essay on the future of legal education, distributed in December 2017 and later made the focus of an online symposium at Prawfsblawg, a leading blog covering legal academia. The essay and the online symposium are available at the “Readings” link at the Law’s Futures website.
january 2019 by JordanFurlong
NRF meets client demand with new legal ops grad scheme | Legal IT Insider
Norton Rose Fulbright has launched a new graduate scheme focused on business and legal operations. The two-year programme will be built around a series of rotations through business solutions; commercial management; innovation; legal project management; and pricing and resource management.

“The decision to launch the scheme is driven by the business need to support our internal change and innovation programme,” commercial director David Carter told Legal IT Insider. “Clients are increasingly telling us that how we deliver services is as important as the quality of the technical legal advice they receive in terms of value.”

Carter added that the huge opportunities that the firm sees to tap into new business lines by offering different delivery propositions are already being exploited.

“Just this week, we won a major mandate with a FTSE 100 company where all the engagement was driven out of these teams, rather than our legal teams. The demand is definitely there and we need first rate people to deliver it,”

In addition to increased client demand, Norton Rose Fulbright’s decision to launch the grad scheme was driven by a pronounced skills shortage. Despite a growing number of specialist courses created by a number of law schools, and lateral moves from other industries and from within law itself, many law firms are facing a recruitment challenge in this burgeoning area.

“In the face of this skills shortage, we have made the significant decision to mould these people ourselves,” said Carter. “Another advantage of a grad scheme is that it gives participants the opportunity to experience all the different elements that we are looking at. It is really important that these things are interconnected. We see the scheme as a powerful natural hedge against silos.”
ops  innovation  schools  admission  training  recruiting 
january 2019 by JordanFurlong
Stanford and Suffolk Create Game to Help Drive Access to Justice | LawSites
Here’s an idea: What if there was a way to promote access to justice while having fun at the same time? That is the idea of a unique project launching today that uses a game to train a machine-learning algorithm. The algorithm ultimately will be used to better match those in need of legal help with the lawyers best suited to help them.

The game, called Learned Hands, is a joint project of Suffolk Law School’s Legal Innovation and Technology Lab, led by David Colarusso, and Stanford Law School’s Legal Design Lab, led by Margaret Hagan, with funding from The Pew Charitable Trusts. Colarusso gave me a preview of the project last week and allowed me to log in and try it for myself. This morning, he published a detailed description of the project at Lawyerist.

Margaret Hagan
Players are challenged to spot the legal issues in real people’s stories about their problems. They earn points and rankings based on how many questions they mark and the extent to which their markings are deemed to be correct.
access  schools  design  gamification 
january 2019 by JordanFurlong
Junior Lawyers Are Going Extinct And Nobody Knows What To Do About It | Above the Law
Professor John Flood of Griffith University in Queensland, Australia also sees this danger. In a new academic paper titled, “Legal Professionals of the Future: Their Ethos, Role and Skills,” he writes:

The effect of automation here could be dramatic in that if junior associates were to be gradually culled from firms, the entire reproduction of the legal profession could be jeopardised since law firms are structured around associates being promoted to partnership…

Exactly. Sooner rather than later, firms are going to slow their junior hiring and focus on a narrower range of candidates. Unfortunately, the path to building a great lawyer is a pyramid scheme and it’s harder to guarantee good results when there are less bodies in the system getting tested for their professional acumen.

Moreover, screwing up the most basic tasks is a critical part of becoming a well-seasoned attorney. What happens when we lose those tasks to throw at a first-year? What replaces that hands-on education?

Legal Cheek cites a Law Society study that estimates:

Over the longer term, the number of jobs in the legal services sector will be increasingly affected by automation of legal services functions. This could mean that by 2038 total employment in the sector could be 20% less than it would otherwise have been, with a loss of 78,000 jobs — equal to 67,000 full-time equivalent jobs — compared to if productivity growth continued at its current rate.

Gloom and doom over unemployment is usually misplaced. Jobs tend to just get shifted — more firm lawyers become freelance attorneys or join non-traditional legal services companies, for example. But if the training regime for young lawyers isn’t addressed, the population of competent attorneys to fill these new gigs will simply dry up.

Firms and law schools need to start taking this challenge seriously because life comes at you fast, and the profession could face its existential crisis sooner than folks realize.
firms  laterals  training  competence  schools 
january 2019 by JordanFurlong
Reimagining Innovation In Legal Education | Above the Law
Ari Kaplan: Can you share some examples of projects on which your students have worked?

Gabe Teninbaum: In one really exciting project we did with Stanford Law School, which the Pew Foundation funded, we built a tool to help create a taxonomy of legal problems. Similar to a Google search, it leads you to the results that are most relevant based on a machine learning algorithm. Nothing like that really exists for legal aid so if you visit your legal aid organization’s website and search for bankruptcy, it doesn’t typically have any sort of smart mechanism that directs you to the right resources or the correct individuals. Since you need to have people who are experts in machine learning and a large corpus of information, we partnered with Reddit, which has about 75,000 random requests for legal advice. We created a game to help organize this information and an algorithm that categorizes it for legal aid organizations. Last year, we also had a team of students that built an automated tool for people in Minnesota, who were having bed bug problems, to assert their rights with their landlords, cure the situation, and secure any compensation to which they were entitled. And, a student, who is now an ABA Center for Innovation fellow, built a tool to give juvenile court judges access to information about minors that appear before them, such as their age, home town, and special needs, e.g., anger management, drug treatment, or job training. The judges can then identify the closest facilities with open beds, rather than send the individual to jail. There are also dozens of projects that students perform within the classrooms themselves. The LIT lab is just one piece of the hands-on training to which our law students have access.
schools  innovation 
january 2019 by JordanFurlong
University of Kansas School of Law Brings AI to the Classroom | Legaltech News
The University of Kansas School of Law, like a growing number of law schools across the nation, is starting to teach its students cutting-edge quantitative subjects such as data analysis and artificial intelligence.
This semester, Kansas law students had the first chance to take the “Legal Analytics” course taught by professor Andrew W. Torrance.

Before his academic career, Torrance practiced biotechnology patent law at Fish & Richardson. With both a law degree and a doctorate in biology from Harvard, Torrance now teaches and conducts research in patent law, intellectual property, and empirical, experimental and big data approaches to law, among other topics.
Torrance said his hope with the new course was “to introduce students to progressively more sophisticated methods for tackling legal issues.”

Such methods include computational approaches involving Big Data and AI analysis. The semester ended with the students experimenting with legal analytics and AI tools, which were donated by legal tech companies.

These tools let students find answers to legal questions “in minutes” that formerly took “weeks to complete,” Torrance said.

For instance, the law school reported that students used Robot Lawyer LISA, which can draft nondisclosure agreements in about 20 minutes, and, a website that helps dispute traffic tickets.
robo  schools 
january 2019 by JordanFurlong
Penn will be the first top law school to require attorney mental health training for students | The Daily Pennsylvanian
Penn Law will launch a pilot program this spring to integrate sessions on attorney well-being into mandatory coursework, making it the first top-ranked law school in the country to do so.

In 2017, the American Bar Association reported high levels of stress, depression, and substance abuse among practicing lawyers. In response to the report, Penn Law developed the program on the importance of attorney mental health.

1992 College graduate John Hollway, associate dean and executive director of the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice, said the program will focus on the resilience and mindfulness of lawyers. The pilot program will be integrated as a module into the mandatory upper-level course titled "Professional Responsibility."

“What’s really exciting about this is that it’s actually getting woven into the curriculum,” Hollway said. “This is not a bolt-on program that is given less priority than [students’] academics. This is part of their academics.”
schools  health 
december 2018 by JordanFurlong
Is Your Job Safe? | 3 Geeks and a Law Blog
So this same thought occurred to me recently but in a different context. My Dot.Com experience lead me in to a constantly innovating career path. For example, I was a pioneer in the legal pricing space. And I continue to embrace and lead new ideas and approaches. So I have considered my job positions to be relatively safe, since I am leading the change and not being eaten by it. But then I realized even with that approach, I still have risk. With all of the chaos right now in the legal market (merger mania, etc.), who knows what the future holds for any of us. Positions can be eliminated or dramatically altered or firms can implode or merge into other firms.


But then I thought back to my Dot.Com thinking. It’s not that any job I have will necessarily be sustaining. It’s that I am always reaching for new and exciting skills and experiences. Stay nimble and stay adaptive. That’s the best strategy for staying “safe” in this new, fast-changing job market. Adding another layer to this – it’s not just about staying up on tech. Understanding blockchain will have some value. Understanding how to turn that knowledge into revenue and profit has a much higher value.
risk  careers  schools  innovation 
november 2018 by JordanFurlong
Provinicial government denies approval for Ryerson law school | Canadian Lawyer Mag
Despite entering the final stages of the approval process after receiving the support of the Law Society of Ontario in February 2018, Ryerson required the province’s program approval process to move forward, as well as level of provincial funding, called a basic income unit, which was requested at $5,700 per student, according to Anver Saloojee, dean of record at Ryerson Faculty of Law, who spoke to Law Times in August.
schools  innovation 
november 2018 by JordanFurlong
Cover Story: The on-campus interview process is broken | PrecedentJD : PrecedentJD
One of the students at the table was Jessica George. In her head, she kept a running tally of all the drink orders. “Once we finished our cocktails, the partners ordered wine for the table,” she recalls. “We conquered a few bottles. Then we had aperitifs at the end. That’s a lot of booze.”

When the partners began to ask questions, they had nothing to do with law. The polite chatter turned, at times, to sports and television. But the low point, for George, arrived when one of the partners asked the following question: What is your favourite overseas destination? “I know the partner was not trying to be malicious,” says George. “He was just trying to find an easy way to have a casual conversation, but he assumed that everyone would have been overseas.”
schools  firms  admission  recruiting 
august 2018 by JordanFurlong
Lexpert ® | Student Recruitment Special
anagement Skills

Think like a lawyer and you may be a very good lawyer. Think like your client, and you may be a great one.

Having management skills can make a huge difference to a lawyer’s career, and a joint law-MBA degree is an excellent way to start to acquire that kind of knowledge, says Ed Waitzer, a Partner at Stikeman Elliott LLP and a Director of the Hennick Centre for Business and Law at Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business at York University.

Waitzer says there are four elements to management skills useful for lawyers. The first involves being able to direct a large team. “When I’m doing a transactional work I’m often managing a team of 20 or 30 lawyers. I’m managing the interaction between the lawyers and the bankers and the PR people and management of the company. So on transactional work, part of the skill is management. I suspect it’s the same thing in complex litigation.”

Management skills are also important, he says, because part of being a good advisor “is learning to manage difficult people.”

A lawyer will also need business and people management skills if he or she hopes to become involved in running a law firm one day, he says. If you end up steering a firm like Stikeman, which he did for 10 years, “it’s a reasonable-sized business — a couple of thousand employees, hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues, offices in lots of locations, liabilities, client relationships, conflicts, technology, all that kin
skills  recruiting  schools 
august 2018 by JordanFurlong
(4) Why Students Are Choosing Corporate Law Departments Over Law Firms | LinkedIn
This trend was clearly in evidence at our recent 7th annual “BBQ, Beers, and Legal Careers,” an event that brings together summer clerks and legal leaders from companies across Silicon Valley to network and learn about law department opportunities. I was impressed and energized by the students I met, who came from a diverse range of backgrounds and interests. There were dozens of them there, all very different in perspective and experience, and all interested in exploring an in-house legal career.

It didn’t used to be like this. Firms used to be the unquestioned destination for top candidates seeking both prestige and career stability. The rapid changes in the legal market are challenging the old paradigm.  Many corporate law departments now rival traditional firms in size and operational complexity, providing a measure of stability, without the chance that your practice group might up and leave to a competitor one day.  More importantly, I believe companies offer greater opportunity to develop diverse skills and rotate among a much broader set of roles than law firms.  You can try on more suits in a company to see which one truly fits. We’ve had people from NetApp Legal move into roles in Sales, Operations, and IT, for example, not to mention transitioning from one discipline to another in our own department, such as field support to compliance.
client  admission  schools 
august 2018 by JordanFurlong
Four charts to better understand the Class of 2017 (060) | Legal Evolution
One of the NALP findings latched onto by the legal press was the increase in hiring among 500+ lawyer firms — up 368 jobs, or 8.6% from the prior year.  However, the data in Chart 4 suggest that BigLaw is unlikely to power a recovery for law schools.  Although the number of lawyers working in 500+ lawyer firms has increased significantly over the last 11 years (+36%), associates appear to be waning in importance. We see this through the shrinking proportion new-hires within large law firms.  Why is this happening?

A partial answer is that firms are finding it harder to sustain organic growth. See, e.g., Georgetown Law, “2018 Report on the State of the Legal Market” at 14 (“Since 2008, the overall growth trend for demand for law firm services has (with certain spikes and dips) been essentially flat to negative in every year.”); MacEwen, “It’s [not] The Economy. Stupid,” Adam Smith Esq., Aug. 5, 2018 (showing large drop-off in annual revenue growth after 2008). Because many lawyers and firm managers associate size with safety, growth through mergers and lateral partner hiring has become a dominant strategy.  The idea is to focus on groups of lawyers who can pay their own way in the current fiscal year.

One of the primary consequences of this strategy is that firms are relying less on associates and more on staff attorneys, counsel, and non-equity partners. See Henderson & Parker, “The Diamond Law Firm: A New Model or the Pyramid Unraveling?,” Lawyer Metrics Industry Report No. 1 (2013). First-year associates require higher salaries; more training and supervision; engender greater client pushback; and often leave before the firm recovers recruitment costs. Thus, large firms are finding ways to get by with fewer of them.
firms  laterals  partners  admisison  schools 
august 2018 by JordanFurlong
Riverview Law Legal Re-Train Programme Launches! - Riverview Law
The Riverview Law Legal Re-Train Programme launched on Friday 1st June 2018. The programme continues to build on the company strategy of contributing to the development of the legal market. With a growing number of lawyers seeking to enhance their careers by moving into commercial contracts, Riverview Law sees its first 10 lawyers embarking on a 2 year training programme. The programme will take them from a wide variety of specialisms including family law, PI, litigation, industrial disease and employment, and re-train them as commercial contracts lawyers.

Riverview Law has a proud history of growing its own people with a well-established training contracts programme incorporating an SRA approved Technology seat. The development of the Riverview Law Legal Re-Train Programme continues this theme with those undertaking the programme being exposed to:

Commercial contracts legal training;
‘On the job’ commercial experience in at least 2 areas of Riverview Law’s Managed Service and/or Projects business areas; and
The utilisation of Kim and other technologies for the legal industry.
“The Legal Re-Train Programme is an exciting opportunity for us as a business and lawyers in the industry. Having seen the high calibre candidates from other disciplines who are seeking a career in commercial contracts, we knew this was another excellent opportunity to grow our business and support the evolution of the legal market. Our kick off session was full of laughter and enthusiasm with everyone eager to get the programme up and running. We look forward to welcoming our next cohort in the very near future too!”  Sonia Williamson, Head of Managed Services & Projects, Riverview Law.
training  newlaw  skills  admission  schools 
june 2018 by JordanFurlong
The “Delta” Lawyer Competency Model Discovered through LegalRnD Workshop
Our Hypothesis: We believe that a new delta-shaped model of lawyer competence, combining currently available research literature and anecdata, will more comprehensively reflect the diverse skills, attitudes and knowledge lawyers need to reach the highest level of client satisfaction.

Alyson Carrel

The delta model of lawyer competence combines the competencies identified by Bill Henderson, David Wilkins, Alli Gerkman, Amani Smathers, Andrea Schneider, and Jim Lupo, to highlight the need not only for T-shaped lawyers, but also for lawyers with high-character quotients, emotional intelligence, leadership and collaborative problem-solving skills.

Our design of the “delta” model started with the foundation-level, widely accepted as “lawyering” skills already taught in law schools as the base of the triangle. These are the foundational skills that are table stakes for any lawyer passing the bar exam and practicing law.

We developed the right side of the triangle with the well- documented skills that were identified at the top of the “T” shaped model, which include design and e-discovery, project management and analytics, and business tools and technology. We sought to build off the existing models developed by legal community peers rather than try to “re-invent the wheel.”

Shellie Reid

For the left side of the triangle, we chose to include the personal effectiveness competencies because they are indeed required for upward advancement in the legal industry. Moreover, we saw the personal effectiveness skills and the process, data and technology skills being equally important for a successful 21st century lawyer.
admission  schools  competence  skills  talent  EQ 
june 2018 by JordanFurlong
Program places law students in paid internships that help them see the business picture
These lawyers—among them professors for five law schools and leaders from the legal departments of three Fortune 500 companies—created the program to show law students how to approach legal work with a business mindset—something that they feel like is left out of law school teachings.

“The practice of law is changing in many ways, and the educational system for training lawyers isn’t really set up to address those changes,” said Steve Harmon, vice president and deputy general counsel at Cisco and a member of the institute team. “There’s a lot more focus on operational excellence and running a legal department in concert with the other business functions, whereas traditional law school education is focused on the Socratic method and showing students how to think like lawyers.”

Interns from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, Osgoode Hall Law School, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Michigan State University College of Law and the University of Colorado Law School will be placed in either a corporate legal department or a law firm using innovative business solutions.

“This program, at its core, is all about improving the delivery model for legal services,” said Daniel Linna, director of LegalRnD—the Center for Legal Services Innovation at the Michigan State’s law school and a member of the institute team. “It’s helping equip lawyers to be better counsels for their clients, to have the skills to be successful, and also instilling in them an understanding of these other disciplines.”
schools  innovation 
april 2018 by JordanFurlong
The next Steps of a Formation-of-Student-Professional Identity Social Movement: Building Bridges Among the Three Key Stakeholders – Faculty and Staff, Students, and Legal Employers and Clients by Neil W. Hamilton :: SSRN
The major challenge for this symposium on next steps for the formation-of-student-professional-identity social movement is how substantially to increase the number of law students nationally who experience required professional-identity curriculum. A foundational question is what are the elements of student professional identity that such a curriculum is fostering? There are substantial common themes in definitions of student professional identity in the articles in this symposium. For example, William Sullivan writes “The third apprenticeship is concerned with providing entrants to the field effective ways to engage and make their own the ethical standards, social roles and responsibilities of the profession, grounded in the profession’s fundamental purposes.” The Bilionis and Hamilton articles recommend that the formation of professional identity entails the student’s acceptance and internalization of a responsibility (1) for his or her continuing development toward excellence at all of the competencies of the profession, and (2) to others whom the student will serve as a professional including clients, colleagues, and the legal system.
schools  training 
february 2018 by JordanFurlong
The Institute for the Future of Law Practice (043) | Legal Evolution
IFLP (“i-flip”) will be hosting training bootcamps in May 2018 in Chicago (at Northwestern Law) and Boulder (at Colorado Law). The bootcamps are designed to prep law students for sophisticated legal and business work settings. Each student admitted to the program is paired with a legal employer for either a 10-week summer internship or a 7-month field placement. All internships and field placements are paid. The IFLP program currently includes four law schools — Northwestern, Colorado, Indiana, and Osgoode Hall (Toronto) — though the plan is to build an infrastructure that will support and serve a significantly larger number of law students, law schools, and legal employers.

Rather than summarize the contents of the IFLP website, I am going to use this post to answer four questions:

What problem is IFLP trying to solve?
How will IFLP be successful?
Where did IFLP come from?
How can industry stakeholders become involved?
schools  training  innovation  skills 
february 2018 by JordanFurlong
In-house analysis: Fresh starts - Legal Business, Catherine Wycherley
Look out law schools, there is a disrupter in town. Naturally, that town is Silicon Valley, the home of innovation. And the innovator in question is University of California Berkeley, which includes a leading US law school, renowned for its prowess in technology and IP.

It might seem natural that Berkeley Law’s proximity to the Bay Area tech hub would lead to an inventive approach to legal education. This idea certainly drew Hannah Porter, a former entrepreneur, to enrol at Berkeley Law in 2015.
schools  innovation  startup 
december 2017 by JordanFurlong
U of C’s Aspire Legal Access Initiative offers a new model for family law self-reps | Canadian Lawyer Mag
Besides providing innovative legal services to self-represented litigants with the support of the University of Calgary Faculty of Law through funding and articling students, Kyla Sandwith, executive director of the program, says the initiative will provide data and education to the Alberta bar on “what we’re doing and how we’re doing it.”

“We want to show we can be self-sustaining, that we can generate an income through this model because I think there are a lot of barriers to change in the profession and one is the idea that you can’t make a living doing it this way or doing it any other way than the traditional billable hour.”

Sandwith has no family law background, but as U of C law dean Ian Holloway wrote recently for Canadian Lawyer, she had other attributes, among them “an innovation mindset and experience at system design.”

“Most of my career has been spent looking at how we operate our law firms, how we govern ourselves as a profession,” Sandwith says. “A lot of my education and my work has centred around finding better ways to do what we’ve been doing for years.”
access  family  schools  innovation 
november 2017 by JordanFurlong
The new disrupted normal
The human judgment of lawyers is still there, but it’s being applied at the upper levels of that analysis, says Friedman. Younger lawyers, robbed of their role, will be at a loose end.

“Can you justify putting more expensive and more error-prone resources in front of that?” he asks. “If not, how do you give young lawyers the training and exposure that they need to develop a skillset and gain familiarity with the inner workings of the deal?”

Friedman anticipates a thinning out of junior legal jobs as this automation works its way through the industry. It will affect those at earlier stages in their careers. “It’s really the hire-backs, and how many junior lawyers firms [we] will be looking to keep,” he says.

This is going to change the shape of the legal workforce, according to some. Traditionally, law firms have adopted a “pyramid” model for hiring, with a small number of partners at the top followed by a larger number of senior associates and a still larger proportion of juniors at the bottom.

Expect that to change, says Paul Paton, dean of law and Wilbur Fee Bowker professor of law at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law in Edmonton. “You have a few associates, a fair number at the senior associate junior partner level, and then a few senior partners, so you can envision a diamond.”

This thinning will have a knock-on effect for law schools, anticipates Warren Smith. He is managing partner at The Counsel Network, a company focusing on legal recruitment.

“You’ll end up with this gap,” he says, arguing that a scarcity of jobs for new legal graduates could affect law schools’ student intake, on which they rely for tuition fees.
firms  schools  innovation  admission 
august 2017 by JordanFurlong
Today’s Law Degree Takes on a Broader Meaning | Big Law Business
In some cases, JD advantage jobs may actually be more desirable to law school graduates than traditional law firm roles. “If you’re in a corporation doing compliance work, you’re in a corporation and there are lots of upward career paths,” said Leipold. “In a law firm, it’s up or out, and there’s not an alternate career path.”

Mark Chandler, general counsel of Cisco, said at least 30 percent of the law school graduates he hires take jobs like contract negotiation, legal operations, and even sales, without ever becoming lawyers.

“The people who have a law degree have a leg up in the efficiency with which work gets done and can help to keep down the need for legal escalation sometimes,” he said.

The JD advantage category will continue to grow in the coming years, according to Leipold. “Even law firms are going to be hiring people with a law degree who may not be practicing law,” said Leipold, adding, “As that business climate and [law firm] model continues to change, the number of lawyering opportunities will be flat or going down.”



The JD Advantage Stigma

Some legal experts argue there shouldn’t be a negative stigma associated with JD advantage jobs.

Bill Henderson, a law professor at Indiana University who studies the legal industry, said many of his former students have pursued interesting careers in which they used their law degrees but didn’t need to be a practicing lawyer.

He cited one of his former students, who took a job at a Big Four accounting firm in an employee tax compliance group.

“It seemed very similar to the practice of law in an ERISA type practice,’ said Henderson. “He loved the team-based atmosphere, he loved the training, he loved the hours, and he felt like he had really landed somewhere special.”
schools  admission  careers 
august 2017 by JordanFurlong
Legal service provider offers residency to law school graduates | The Indiana Lawyer
A program run by UnitedLex, a legal outsourcing services provider based in Kansas City, Kansas, is following that model. Initially launched as a pilot program in 2013, the legal residency program accepts graduates from top law schools and gives them hands-on experience using technology to do e-discovery, project management and cybersecurity. It officially launched and expanded to more schools in 2015.
offshoring  schools 
june 2017 by JordanFurlong
BYU Law School's new legal design lab aims to find solutions to access-to-justice crisis
righam Young University on Monday announced that its law school is a launching a legal design lab, which for its first project will help pro se defendants in Utah answer civil lawsuits.

“There’s a crisis in law right now, and it’s that legal services are very expensive,” Kimball Parker, the program director for LawX, told the Deseret News. The offering is inspired by Stanford University’s Legal Design Lab, which is led by Margaret Hagan, a 2013 ABA Journal Legal Rebel.

There are now more than 15 law schools with innovation centers, according to the American Bar Association’s Center for Innovation.

“LawX will tackle some of the most challenging issues facing our legal system today. Some gaps in legal services may not be attractive targets for innovation by small, private startups or larger profit-oriented businesses, but closing these gaps would make a tremendous difference to many people who feel priced out of the market for legal services,” Gordon Smith, dean of BYU Law School, said in a press release.
design  access  schools  incubator 
june 2017 by JordanFurlong
Another Elite Law School Eyes Accepting The GRE | Above the Law
Perhaps there’s still something of an “as goes Harvard, so goes the nation’s law schools” complex out there. After Harvard shocked the legal academy and announced that it would accept GRE scores as an alternative to the LSAT for future law school applications, it was only a matter of time before other elite schools jumped on the bandwagon. At the time, Jeff Thomas of Kaplan Test Prep suggested a “domino effect” after Harvard’s announcement, which was a much more polite phrasing than when I said that Harvard “broke the seal.”

Now we’re seeing the next step in the GRE revolution, with Northwestern’s Pritzker School of Law taking a hard look at joining Harvard, according to the Chicago Tribune.
schools  admission  lsat 
june 2017 by JordanFurlong
Character better predictor of lawyering success, panel says | The Indiana Lawyer
The trio highlighted research that has been showing grade point averages and LSAT scores are not the best indicators for future success in the legal profession. Rather, students with character traits like a strong work ethic and emotional stability will be likelier to excel.

Speaking after the discussion, Kourlis said the unprecedented changes brought by the Great Recession may require different skills for working in a law firm or an in-house legal department, or taking a more entrepreneurial approach and helping to launch a legal services startup. While law schools are responding, catching up to current demands will be difficult and could lead to bad decisions.

“I worry when people say, ‘Well, the answer is to just shrink law schools,’” Kourlis said. “I don’t think the solution is fewer lawyers. I think the solution is more lawyers who are more adaptable and, perhaps, have less debt so that they’re not carrying around a ball and chain around their ankle.”
schools  admission  character 
may 2017 by JordanFurlong
Generation Lex: Law schools seek balance between theory and practice | Financial Post
What Kelly and other futurists propose is that individuals leaning to legal-oriented careers include basic jurisprudence in their undergraduate studies, and then follow up with what Kelly calls a “combined LLM.”

“Students are equipped to learn law right out of high school,” Kelly said. “Foundational jurisprudence can be taught in no more and a year or a year-and-a-half of undergraduate studies.”

Indeed, the U.K. doesn’t even require a law school degree as a prerequisite for qualifying as a lawyer anymore. A six-year apprenticeship followed by an assessment through a “Solicitors Qualification Authority” will suffice. Eversheds and Baker McKenzie have already offered this route to qualification.

Kelly believes that lawyers as we know them will ultimately be replaced by what legal services guru Richard Susskind has coined “paraprofessionals” — not to be confused with paralegals.

“The paraprofessional is a multi-disciplinary professional services provider who combines a basic knowledge of law in a specified area associated with their expertise in a defined professional service field to integrate law into a broadly based client centered solution,” Kelly says. “The way forward for law schools is to become homes to a graduate ‘combined LLM’ that will become the preferred professional credential in a broad professional legal services market.”
april 2017 by JordanFurlong
Harvard Law School will no longer require the LSAT for admission - The Washington Post
Beginning this fall, Harvard Law School will allow applicants to submit their scores from either the Graduate Record Examination or the Law School Admission Test.

The dramatic change in admissions, a pilot program at Harvard, is part of a broader strategy at the school to expand access. Because many students consider graduate school as well as law school, and because the GRE is offered often and in many places around the world, the decision could make it easier and less expensive for people to apply, school officials said.

Harvard’s decision was announced Wednesday, just a day before the arm of the American Bar Association that accredits law schools considers changing its standards to allow tests other than the LSAT.

Last year, the University of Arizona College of Law became the first law school in the country to allow applicants to submit GRE scores rather than LSAT scores. Two other schools followed. But for Harvard, one of the best law schools in the world, to do so could upend the admissions process for legal education.

“Will other schools follow? Probably,” said Kyle McEntee, executive director of Law School Transparency. He thinks many law schools have already been considering this change “because schools across the board have been struggling with applications — not only applications, but the quality of applicants.”
lsat  schools  admission 
march 2017 by JordanFurlong
PrawfsBlawg: Legal Education in the 21st Century
Columbia Law School – Lawyering in the Digital Age Clinic

Duke University School of Law – Law Tech Lab

Georgetown University Law School – The Program in Legal Technologies

Harvard – Center on the Legal Profession and LawLab (housed at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, but with many collaborators)

Hofstra University School of Law – Law, Logic, and Technology Research Laboratory

IIT Chicago Kent College of Law – Center for Access to Justice & Technology and The Law Lab

University of Miami School of Law – Law Without Walls

MIT – Computational Law Research and Development

Michigan State University College of Law – Legal RnD

Northeastern University School of Law  – NuLawLab

Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law – Lunsford Academy for Law, Business, and Technology

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law – Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Concentration

University of Pittsburgh School of Law – Innovation Practice Institute

Stanford – CodeX The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics and the Legal Design Lab

Suffolk University Law School – Institute on Law Practice Technology & Innovation and Concentration

Vanderbilt University Law School – Program on Law & Innovation

Vermont Law School – Center for Legal Innovation
innovation  schools 
march 2017 by JordanFurlong
ABA President-Elect Moves to Winnow Legal Education Section's Role | National Law Journal
Under Education Department rules, the area of the ABA that handles law school accreditation must be independent from the larger organization. Bass's proposal calls for all nonaccreditation functions to shift to the new Commission on the Future of Legal Education, which would handle conferences, publications, and be a "forward thinking body that would focus on the future of legal education." Commission board members would be a combination of deans, academics, bar examiners, state supreme courts, and a law student appointed by the ABA president to three-year terms. Subcommittees would examine topics, including bar exams, the length of law school, technology and alternative teaching methods.
schools  association  governance  innovation 
february 2017 by JordanFurlong
Preparing Lawyers to be Practice-Ready in a Tech-Driven World | The American Lawyer
Preparing Lawyers to be Practice-Ready in a Tech-Driven World
With a new emphasis on legal innovation, law schools are using experiential learning and technology tools to meet the future needs of law firms and legal departments.
it  schools  admission  training  firms 
january 2017 by JordanFurlong
TaxProf Blog
U.S. News and World Report analyzed the indebtedness of law school graduates in 2015, and they discovered a huge gap between the school with the highest student debt, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and the least, University of Hawaii-Manoa. To no one’s surprise, the majority of graduates had student loan debt, but what was shocking about this list was that even the non-top ranked schools came with a heavy price tag for students.
schools  debt 
november 2016 by JordanFurlong
Georgetown Law to Launch Institute for Technology Law and Policy | Legaltech News
Law schools are pushing to meet newer legal industry needs, and Georgetown Law is looking to help students shape the conversation.
schools  it  robolawyer 
november 2016 by JordanFurlong
Law School App Tracks Students’ Professional Skills |
Nebraska College of Law launched the Build Your Character initiative in 2014 amid a push to identify what skills students need in practice, although until now students have been responsible for tracking their skill-building progress themselves. Introduction of the app will streamline the process and hopefully boost participation, Moberly said.

Megan Meyerson said she wasn’t totally sold on Build Your Character when it was introduced her first year at Nebraska Law. It seemed to be yet another thing to fit into her busy law school schedule, she said. But the third-year law student is now sold on the program and excited by the prospect of the app, which she provided input on.

“It forces you to recognize your weaknesses and address them while still in law school, which will be a big help later,” Meyerson said.

Law faculty interviewed Nebraska law alumni and employers who hire Nebraska graduates to determine what graduates were doing well and where they fell short.
“Over and over again, we heard, ‘They need to be really good listeners. They need to be really good communicators. They need to be able to develop business,’” Brummond said.
schools  innovation  leadership  app 
november 2016 by JordanFurlong
Regulating Driverless Cars, the U.S. Takes the Lead | Stratfor
Self-driving cars will fundamentally change the transportation sector. But as U.S. automotive and energy storage company Tesla recently learned when an autopilot feature went awry, actually developing cars that drive without human intervention will be more challenging than anticipated. Still, the United States is taking the lead in developing the technology, largely because it is defining the future regulations that will facilitate its use.
schools  robolawyer 
september 2016 by JordanFurlong
ABA Beats Back Bid to Limit Accreditation Power |
Education Department chief of staff Emma Vadehra wrote in a letter on Thursday to the ABA that she found the organization to be in compliance with rules on the monitoring of accredited schools and enforcement of accreditation standards—two areas in which the committee found the ABA lacking.

Still, the ABA was out of compliance on five other paperwork requirements and must rectify those problems within 12 months.

“I am confident the ABA will be able to come into full compliance with all the criteria cited above by the deadline, and document compliance in its compliance report within 30 days,” Vadehra wrote. “However, I wish to remind you that if it does not, the Department may be compelled to limit, suspend, or terminate ABA’s recognition.”

In a statement Thursday, Barry Currier, managing director of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, said that the ABA was “gratified” to receive the letter.
schools  associations 
september 2016 by JordanFurlong
MSU Course Teaches Law Students to Use Automation Tools | Legaltech News
inna said that while the tool doesn't necessarily require users to use straight code, it can be a useful tool to teach students about coding logic, which will ultimately help them think about the full range of opportunities for automation inside and outside legal-service delivery.
"I was very impressed with the tool, and very impressed with the possibility it has outside the legal space," Linna said.
Linna said that the LegalRnD program overall focuses on preparing students to think creatively about modern legal needs.
"LegalRnD's mission is to improve legal-service delivery and access to legal-services for everyone. Much can be accomplished by creating standards and best practices and using technology to automate time consuming, manual processes," Linna said in a statement.
Linna said that while discussions about legal technology and how to innovate in the legal industry can be overly dominated by clickbait-like topics, LegalRnD's use of the TAP tool could help draw students into the specific procedures that make for greater automation.
schools  innovation  robolawyer  careers 
august 2016 by JordanFurlong
2015 Law School Graduates Got Fewer Jobs in Private Practice - The New York Times
Last year’s law school graduates landed fewer jobs in private practice than any class in the last two decades, according to the National Association for Law Placement, which tracks developments in the legal profession.
schools  admission 
august 2016 by JordanFurlong
New paper chase: law school for non-lawyers
The law school business model used to be simple. You recruit a bunch of aspiring lawyers. Those aspiring lawyers pay a lot of money. Three years later — and after a few hundred nights in the law library — the aspiring lawyers graduate and become lawyers.

The model worked fine, until the recession hit U.S. law firms. With fewer jobs available, a lot of aspiring lawyers decided they should aspire to something else. So what does a law school do when there aren’t enough aspiring lawyers left to educate? They start to look for students in places you wouldn’t expect — places like hospitals.

Rod Smolla, dean at Delaware Law School, says close to a third of the school’s students are now in non-JD programs.
august 2016 by JordanFurlong
The ABA'S Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day | The American Lawyer
During the NACIQI's discussion on the motion to recommend renewal of the ABA's accreditation power, one member put the problem bluntly:
"I am troubled that the ABA just simply isn't independent enough for this responsibility … I find it very difficult to think that they are going to be objective enough to continue to carry out this responsibility. And I reluctantly conclude that the ABA is not the appropriate accreditor for our law schools. … The crushing debt load on thousands and thousands of students is too serious for us … and I think the debt load is not going to get better if we say yes to this motion."
Another member added: "I think that objectivity is important as you go through this process, so I would think an independent body that does not have the conflict of interest that the ABA has."
schools  regulation  associations 
august 2016 by JordanFurlong
Young Quebec lawyers face bleak prospects
But Jordan Furlong, an Ottawa-based lawyer, analyst and consultant, believes that the Young Bar’s recommendation to impose quotas coupled with its call to be more transparent over job prospects is “really designed to thin the herd,” and could very easily be interpreted as protectionism. He also points out that studies indicate that approximately 85 per cent of potential legal needs are unfilled in Canada, a finding that the Young Bar’s report alludes to as well. “So you can make the case to say that there aren’t enough lawyer jobs,” said Furlong. “What we do need are lawyers who are trained, equipped and educated in ways to meet that unmet demand and serve that untapped market. So there is a disconnect with the idea that there are too many lawyers because some of them can’t find jobs or there are too many lawyers because there is heavy price competition.”
jf  schools  admission 
july 2016 by JordanFurlong
Is the ABA on Verge of Losing Law School Accreditation? | Big Law Business
e pointed to an NACIQI staff report that he said found the ABA is in compliance with core substantive areas and has only “minor technical deficiencies.”

The report identifies a half-dozen issues and problems for the ABA to address. These include amending certain standards and procedures for site evaluations, the requirements for self-study and also minor tasks such as providing the NACIQI with resumes from its staff.

The NACIQI’s rebuke of the ABA came amid a wider criticism of accreditors before the meeting by undersecretary of education Ted Mitchell.

“The unfortunate reality is that not all institutions have students’ best interests at heart or are investing their resources in ways that maximize student success,” said Mitchell. “Accreditors should be the failsafe in these instances. But too often they have been asleep at the switch.”
july 2016 by JordanFurlong
BU Law Joins UnitedLex Legal Residency Program | Legaltech News
The program takes recent law school graduates through a two-year curriculum centering on litigation management, e-discovery technology, cybersecurity, contract management, and other "foundational skills they'll need when they graduate," according to Joseph Dearing, executive vice president of global legal solutions at UnitedLex.
schools  training  competition  innovation  admission 
june 2016 by JordanFurlong
Why are there fewer applicants to Ontario law school? | Precedent Magazine
In Ontario, there is nothing close to such a disaster, but something similar is happening. In 2010, in the thick of the economic downturn, the number of applicants to law schools in the province soared. But over the past two years, that number has fallen sharply from 5,127 to 4,369, according to the latest public figures. That’s a 15-percent dip at an odd moment: a mere three years ago, a new law school opened at Lakehead University. During a time when there were more law-school spots than ever, the public should have felt hungriest for legal education — instead, it lost its appetite.
schools  admission 
may 2016 by JordanFurlong
As Supply of Law Grads Drops, More Struggle To Find Work | The American Lawyer
Left unexplained, however, is why more graduates didn't find work in non-law fields. Declines in graduate hiring in JD-advantage jobs, professional jobs, and non-professional jobs equaled 18.8 percent of the 3,772-graduate drop, 13.1 percent of which belong to the JD-advantage category. Shouldn't graduates who don't find work as lawyers or with their law schools have better luck with employers who value them for their legal educations?
schools  admission 
may 2016 by JordanFurlong
Employment data for 2015 law school grads is concerning, some law profs say
: Out of everyone who graduated from ABA-accredited law schools in 2015, 70 percent have full-time, long-term employment in positions that require or prefer a JD, according to data (PDF) released Tuesday by the ABA’s Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.

Comparatively, 69 percent of the 2014 graduates had full-time, long-term employment in jobs that required or preferred law degrees. But making a comparison of those two percentages doesn’t give one a clear sense of employment picture for new lawyers, which is not improving, says Jerry Organ, a law professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis.He wrote a post about the new data at the Legal Whiteboard.

The class of 2015 was 8.8 percent smaller than the class of 2014, he notes. Also, the 2014 percentage for full-time, long-term, JD-related positions included law school-funded jobs, while the 2015 data did not. Organ made some recalculations by stripping out law school-funded positions from the 2014 data.

“I think that looking at the percentage change in full-time, long-term bar-passage-required and JD-advantage jobs—a modest increase from 69 percent to 70.1 percent between 2014 and 2015—does not give the full picture because it masks the fact that the number of such jobs actually declined” by more than 7 percent, he says.

The ABA information includes a table comparing the 2015 and 2014 data, which has a note about law school-funded positions not being included for the total of 2015 graduates with full-time, long-term, law-related work. Individual schools’ data can be searched online.

“The council is pleased to release data on law school employment outcomes for the class of 2015. We offer a summary of those outcomes, which shows that the employment market remains challenging for recent graduates even as law schools are substantially reducing enrollments,” Barry Currier, the ABA’s managing director of accreditation and legal education, told the ABA Journal.

The 2015 data also shows a decline in law-firm hiring, Deborah J. Merritt, a professor at Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, writes at Law School Cafe. Law firms hired 1,574 fewer new graduates in 2015 than they did in 2014.
firms  schools  admissions  talent 
may 2016 by JordanFurlong
More Law Firms Take Aim at Associate Student Loan Debt | The American Lawyer
Hoping to keep up with their peers and lighten their associates’ student debt burdens, more and more law firms are adopting initiatives to help lawyers refinance their law school loans at reduced rates.
firms  schools  laterals 
april 2016 by JordanFurlong
Legal Moneyball | Ultra Vires
When U of T Law’s Career Development Office announced an “Alternatives to Big Law” session, I expected a talk on public interest careers, maybe including some mid-size or rural firm practitioners. What I got, however, was a legal Moneyball session.
newlaw  innovation  schools  jobs 
april 2016 by JordanFurlong
Harvard offers business fundamentals course to incoming students | the National Jurist
Incoming Harvard law students are learning about business concepts, thanks to an online program launched by the Harvard Business School. 
march 2016 by JordanFurlong
Law School Cafe
Second, once we have identified the special value that lawyers confer on clients, we should ramp up our educational focus on that value. Again, we need to recognize that other educated professionals may learn “the law” of a particular field as well as lawyers do. If our competitive advantage lies in a particular form of problem solving, then let’s teach that problem solving. If lawyers confer value through one-on-one counseling, let’s teach our students counseling skills.
march 2016 by JordanFurlong
Incubator of Tomorrow’s Tech, Suffolk Law Program Revolutionizes Legal Access | Legaltech News
“Middle-class households deserve to receive the same quality of legal services and products as any Fortune 500 company, and technology’s real power in this respect is to upgrade and maintain high standards of product and service quality,” he added. “So it’s not just learning how to deliver low-priced legal services; it’s also about ensuring that these more accessible services are just as high-quality, reliable and useful as high-priced services elsewhere.
schools  jf  access  it 
february 2016 by JordanFurlong
The bad business of ignoring the justice gap
So far, the results are encouraging. Students with legal process management skills and knowledge of automation tell me that those skills have been a huge help in the job market and that they are using their newfound tech-savvy regularly at work. Some are working in small firms, while others are working in the legal technology industry.
schools  access  training 
february 2016 by JordanFurlong
Legal Tech for Aspiring Attorneys: Online Tools Tackle Law School Challenges | Legaltech News
When Wilson left his role as an educator, he was motivated to found The American Law Foundation “to provide products that were accessible for all, affordable for all, and had a lasting impact for all. My goal was to construct high-quality resources and programming for law students before, during, and after their law school experience. I wanted to build something of lasting value to the students who are trying to build lasting value in society. So, the programs had to be interactive and had to also be personalized to a particular student. And, they had to help solve a problem.”
schools  it  access  training 
february 2016 by JordanFurlong
Quebec law group calling for quotas on bar admissions
The numbers are shocking. Over the past 10 years, salaries for articling positions in the province have dropped an inflation-adjusted 16 per cent, to $543 per week, while the number of unpaid articling positions has more than doubled.
Even students who manage to find articling positions and receive their call to the bar are reporting difficulty landing a permanent job: 18.2 per cent of respondents said they were unable to find a job in law after receiving their call, compared to 11.2 per cent a decade ago.
articling  admission  schools 
february 2016 by JordanFurlong
A National Approach to Canadian Bar Admissions? Working With the Law Schools Would be a Start – Slaw
In a nutshell, the process by which the Federation of Law Societies adopted the guidelines for the Approved Canadian Common Law degree serves as a template for how not to develop a productive relationship. As someone who was involved in the process from start to finish, I can say that it was one of the most professionally demoralizing things I’ve ever had to participate in. None of us covered ourselves in glory. All sides behaved poorly. Intemperate things were said. Hard (and often poorly thought-out) positions were taken. Some people felt that they were backed into corners. Even worse, others felt that they weren’t listened to. Back room dealing took place – sometimes in more than one back room at once! To be sure, the end result was not bad – our profession uses a much lighter hand in regulating the content of the JD program than their colleagues south of the border. But no one should feel proud of the process by which we got there.. Indeed, as far as process went, it really could serve as a case study for how not to develop a feeling of partnership.
governance  regulation  admission  schools 
february 2016 by JordanFurlong
Nationalized Bar Exam Endorsed by ABA | National Law Journal
The house adopted a resolution endorsing the exam, which enables takers to carry their scores to other jurisdictions that use the standard test. Twenty-one states are now using the standard exam, or will begin using it by 2017. The ABA’s Law Student Division introduced the resolution, arguing that it increases mobility for young lawyers and reduces their bar admission costs.
schools  admission 
february 2016 by JordanFurlong
ABA House To Vote On Uniform Bar Exam | Above the Law
While proposed actions or inactions cause sharp disagreements around the country about how to move the profession forward in the 21st century, one common-sense action shouldn’t: adopting the Uniform Bar Exam. Next Monday, the ABA’s House of Delegates will consider a resolution from the ABA’s Law Student Division that calls for all jurisdictions to adopt this portable exam. The House should support this measure, and all jurisdictions should adopt the UBE as quickly as possible.
schools  admission 
february 2016 by JordanFurlong
Law dean challenge
Alice Woolley, assistant dean, academic, and a professor at Calgary’s law school, puts it like this: “A dean who can’t generate resources has a problem. The faculty can’t use resources to create growth, opportunity, or change. And the dean can’t hire or fire people to create growth, opportunity, or change — the former would require resources (which are unavailable) and the latter isn’t possible because of tenure. So all the dean has in his or her arsenal is personal relationships with faculty, which requires interpersonal skills — empathetic relationships with faculty, working with [or] around more challenging personalities, being willing to consult but also being able to advance progress. Some deans have that, but some don’t,” wrote Woolley in an e-mail to Canadian Lawyer.
february 2016 by JordanFurlong
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schools  innovation  robolawyer  disruption  training 
january 2016 by JordanFurlong
Law school nonprofit buys Bill Henderson's Lawyer Metrics company
The Access Group announced the acquisition in a press release (PDF). Lawyer Metrics was co-founded by Indiana University law professor William Henderson and Pennsylvania State University statistics professor Christopher Zorn, and both will stay with the company after the sale to the Access Group.
schools  metrics  access 
january 2016 by JordanFurlong
Legal Scholarship and the "Practice Ready" Graduate | Dr Peter Macmillan | LinkedIn
If we think about law school as providing a sorting or signaling function to help law firms find the legal talent they need (which they will then train for legal practice), then it’s arguable that law schools are functioning pretty much as the market requires.

I’m not saying this is all that law schools do. But the reality is that an individual who gets into a highly-rated law school and goes on to graduate near the top of their class is giving a very clear signal to prospective employers that they have exceptional abilities and are worth investing in.

Do they have practice-ready legal skills?  Maybe, maybe not.  Law firms know this. Moreover, many law firm managers have both the incentive and the ability to mold their recruits according to their own technical and cultural standards. These managers are competing to acquire the most teachable and able law-school graduates, and practice-ready legal skills may be very low on their list of requirements.

So perhaps the above question should be reformulated (or at least divided into sub-questions) to ask whether legal scholarship is critical to the sorting or signaling function that law firms require.  It could well be.

Undoubtedly, some law firms do want graduates to be able to hit the ground running. But most sophisticated clients know that it takes a few years of actual legal practice before a lawyer is really practice ready.  Which is why they are often resistant to paying for work undertaken by junior lawyers, whom they believe are still learning their trade.

We can criticize law schools for admitting too many students when the market is unable to employ them all.  We can also disagree with the minimal level of practical skills that some of them teach their graduates.  But we should not assume that “practice-ready” is the only – or even the main – thing that law schools should be aiming for, nor what law firms (the consumers of law-school graduates) actually want.

None of this is new. These concepts have been discussed within the legal profession for years.  I recount them simply as another dimension to consider when assessing the relevance of legal scholarship in preparing law students for careers in law.
schools  training 
january 2016 by JordanFurlong
Japanese Law Schools Facing ‘Unprecedented Crisis’ - Law Blog - WSJ
Under the old system, you didn’t have to graduate from law school to become a lawyer in Japan, but had to pass an extremely difficult exam. Under the new system, a law degree was required. But it turned out that demand for lawyers and law degrees was much less than anticipated. And now, according to a new report, many of its government-subsidized law schools are shutting down or on the brink of closure.

“Law schools are now facing an unprecedented crisis,” writes University of Tsukuba researcher* Masahiro Tanaka in the Asian Journal of Legal Education. In 2004, the number of applicants to Japanese law schools was 72,800. In 2014, says Mr. Tanaka, the figure had fallen to 11,450.

Law schools were struggling so much that Japan adopted a new policy to reduce the number of schools. By April, only 54 schools were accepting students, he says. That number is likely to fall further.

Mr. Tanaka says the problem is that Japan’s legal job market didn’t grow fast enough, leaving many law school graduates with diplomas but no jobs. (Sound familiar?) But he writes abolishing the schools isn’t necessarily the right approach. He says schools should be more than just lawyer factories:
global  schools 
january 2016 by JordanFurlong
A More Practical Model for Law Schools
The Startup Legal Garage is structured in a unique way. Professors guide students by teaching soft skills and doctrinal classes, and they set up fieldwork projects by matching students and early-stage tech startups with partners at top law firms. The practicing attorney supervises student work on basic legal needs such as employee contracts, privacy policies, and entity formation — and the student is placed at the center of real-world law practice.
startups  schools  innovation  training 
january 2016 by JordanFurlong
Law School Enrollment Slumps 5 Percent | National Law Journal
The ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar on Wednesday released statistics submitted by each of the 205 ABA-approved law schools on the year's total enrollment, first-year matriculation, test score and grade-point average quartiles, student body ethnicities, scholarships, bar-passage rates and other categories.
december 2015 by JordanFurlong
Associate Comp & Econ 101
In the course of navigating published analysis and coverage of our beloved industry, I can rely on regularly coming across pat assertions displaying such frightful ignorance of basic economics that I’m forced to conclude the speakers’ only encounter with Economics 101 was seeing it listed in a course catalog and hastily moving on. These assertions also tend to be advanced with a degree of certitude and self-confidence directly correlated with the violence they do to the simplest of economic principles.
laterals  compensation  schools  finances 
december 2015 by JordanFurlong
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