It’s no secret that the legal profession has traditionally been reluctant in its acceptance of new technologies and its willingness to embrace innovation, at least relative to other highly regulated industries. However, as discussion around the emergence of new transformative technologies has gained considerable momentum in recent years, new business models highlighting legal innovation as a strategic priority rather than a mere consideration have continued to move from basement to boardroom. The legal sector is increasingly recognising the value of technology in providing superior client service and competitive advantage in an increasingly digitised world – but what does all of this mean for legal education?

 

 

The Law Schools Project is a new initiative dedicated to promoting digital transformation in legal education through use of the Nalytics search and discovery platform. By providing free access to a real legal productivity tool, the project aims to help students develop a greater understanding of legal technology and, more importantly, its applications in tackling a range of big data problems. Centred around three core objectives – awareness, data literacy and ability – the Law Schools Project will encourage students to look beyond the hype to consider wider data issues such as the importance of establishing narratives and uncovering meaning within big data.

Nalytics Marketing Manager, Lorna Campbell, said:

“There’s growing pressure on universities across the UK to incorporate ‘the business of law’ into law school curriculums in addition to the more traditional teaching methods we’re accustomed to. Providing students with a solid understanding of not only the theory of legal practice, but of how the delivery of legal services is changing as a result of an increasingly digital landscape, is now vital.”

Lorna added:

“This initiative offers students an opportunity to make use of an advanced legal productivity tool without the financial burden typically associated with a license for this kind of sophisticated software. We are delighted to already be speaking to some leading Scottish universities, and look forward to kicking off the project with their law students in the coming months."

To find out more about the Law Schools Project or to get involved, please contact us.