Today’s Legal Education for Tomorrow’s Lawyers: The Role of Legal Design, Technology and Innovation
Posted: 2 Jul 2015 Last revised: 5 Feb 2018
Date Written: January 20, 2018
This chapter introduces Design, Technology and Innovation (DTI) as three creative and complementary approaches in legal education that are preparing lawyers for emerging roles in the legal profession. Following an exploration of the current role of design, technology and innovation in legal education, the paper relates these approaches to ten new legal jobs projected in “Tomorrow’s Lawyers” by author, lawyer and technologist Richard Susskind. Drawing on DTI concepts and Susskind’s new roles, the authors have prepared a prototype of an online survey focused on the prevalence, characteristics and desirability of these careers, as well as the legal education required to prepare lawyers for these jobs. The authors are currently circulating the survey and seeking feedback from key stakeholders in order to perform an empirical evaluation of Susskind’s categorization schema and the effectiveness of today’s DTI legal education in preparing tomorrow’s lawyers.
Keywords: legal job market, legal information technology, legal careers, empirical legal research
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