On the Future of Law: Changing the Game, the Curriculum

Thanks for PicJumbo and Unsplash for cool stock photos

Thanks for PicJumbo and Unsplash for cool stock photos

Imagine your lawyer advising you of the statistical probability of winning your case at 75% with a 15% margin for error.  How about crowdsourcing equity participation agreements with thousands of similar agreements to determine which provisions are more likely to be litigated?

At a 2013 ReInvent Law Summit, Professor Daniel Martin Katz answered questions like “Why Can’t a Law Firm Become a Process Engineering Firm?”, “Why Can’t a Law Firm Also Be a Design Firm?” and “Why Can’t a Law Firm Also be an Analytic Firm?” His answer: the current partnership model of the law firm. The good news? The technology exists to disrupt the law firm. We just need to reinvent the lawyers.

Enter the Canadian Bar Association’s Legal Futures Initiative. I was shocked to learn CBA had the balls to spearhead, what is now becoming a North American movement of creative lawyers coming out of the closet. As a bonus, the CBA chose Twitter  #cbafutureschat for the discussion channel. And badaboom, the CBA enlisted the self described “raconteur, runs with the hunted, one woman wolf pack”, Sarah Glassmeyer.

The Twitter participants agreed new lawyers would benefit from a new and unconventional learning curriculum.  However, there’s a silent sub-category of unemployed or re-designed lawyers interested in a future-proof curriculum without the traditional law firm trappings. My Twitter friend Lesley tweets “maybe if we made the game more enjoyable, more would stick with it“. Yes, it’s possible to make it fun. To paraphrase Alvin Toffler in Revolutionary Wealth, the new wealth is all about options.

Twitter feed #cbafutureschat

Twitter feed #cbafutureschat

My Unconventional Continuing Legal Education Curriculum for Redesigned Lawyers:

Learn WordPress. Your blog is your platform. Think like the next generation of news journalists and manage your online reputation and business. Don’t let LinkedIn be your one and only platform.

Learn Quantitative Methods: Lawyers are in the prediction business (coined by Daniel Katz).

Learn SEO: Do you Google yourself? Enough said.

Learn Basic Design Skills: Our clients are visual thinkers. Are we really going to write a 10,000 word opinion?

Learn Data Analytics: Be a better marketer and learn what triggers action.

Any knowledge professional planning to be in business for the next 10 – 15 years will need a future proof curriculum to operate his or her digital platform. What’s your next step?

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