New Skills for New Lawyers: Responding to Technology and Practice Developments

The Future of Australian Legal Education (Thomson Reuters 2018)

UNSW Law Research No. 18-51

14 Pages Posted: 20 Aug 2018

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Michael Legg

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law

Date Written: January 1, 2018

Abstract

The legal profession is facing a convergence of forces, most notably significant advances in the capabilities of technology, economic pressures challenging existing business models and globalisation, that herald momentous change to the practice of law. In Australia the lead in seeking to understand these developments and formulate responses has been taken by the Law Society of New South Wales and its report on the Future of Law and Innovation in the Profession (FLIP). The Law Society conducted a commission of inquiry which culminated in the recognition of skills or areas of knowledge that were identified as essential for the successful future practice of law. In short, this involves two main inter-related streams of knowledge: first, the ability to understand and employ technology, and second a collection of skills that result in a “practice-ready” graduate, namely: • Practice Skills (both interpersonal skills and professional skills) • Business Skills • Project Management • Internationalisation and Cross-Border Practice of Law • Inter-disciplinary experience • Resilience While technology is in many ways the ‘headline act’ there are also a range of other skills that are required because of the changes technology is facilitating and the need for lawyers to focus on what is central to their role or truly provides value to the client. This article discusses and elaborates on the findings of the FLIP inquiry in relation to legal education.

Keywords: legal profession, Law Society of New South Wales, Future of Law and Innovation in the Profession, “practice-ready” graduate, lawyers, NewLaw, virtual law firms, law students

Suggested Citation

Legg, Michael, New Skills for New Lawyers: Responding to Technology and Practice Developments (January 1, 2018). The Future of Australian Legal Education (Thomson Reuters 2018); UNSW Law Research No. 18-51. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3235075

Michael Legg (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law ( email )

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

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