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

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Stephanie Dangel

University of Pittsburgh - School of Law

Margaret Hagan

Stanford Legal Design Lab; Stanford Law School

James Bryan Williams

University of Toronto - Department of Computer Science; Google Inc.; York University - Osgoode Hall Law School

Date Written: January 20, 2018

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Dangel, Stephanie and Hagan, Margaret and Williams, James Bryan, Today’s Legal Education for Tomorrow’s Lawyers: The Role of Legal Design, Technology and Innovation (January 20, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2625346

Stephanie Dangel

University of Pittsburgh - School of Law ( email )

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HOME PAGE: http://law.pitt.edu/people/stephanie-dangel

Margaret Hagan

Stanford Legal Design Lab ( email )

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Stanford, CA 94305
United States

HOME PAGE: http://margarethagan.com

Stanford Law School ( email )

559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, CA 94305-8610
United States

James Bryan Williams (Contact Author)

University of Toronto - Department of Computer Science ( email )

Sandford Fleming Building
King’s College Road, Room 3302
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G4
Canada

HOME PAGE: http://www.james-williams.ca

Google Inc.

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Second Floor
Mountain View, CA 94043
United States

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School ( email )

4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Canada

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