Law schools’ lost opportunities

Law schools’ lost opportunities by regular Dialogue contributor  extends our discourse of legal education and the need to modernise law schools in the face of rapidly changing needs and the technological revolution.    

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For what are law schools training students?

Today from the redoubtable Mark A. Cohen Dialogue on Remaking Law Firms posts For what are law schools training students? This is part of our recent series on law schools and their role in the legal services ecosystem.

The legal profession and the trillion-dollar global industry are undergoing a transformation. The seminal elements of legal practice—differentiated expertise, experience, skills, and judgment—remain largely unchanged. The delivery of legal services is a different story altogether.

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Where are the law schools?

My post today – Where are the law schools? – is prompted by this media release ‘College of Law to Introduce Australia’s First Master of Legal Business Degree’.

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Will traditional law schools be disrupted?

In the rapidly changing world of legal services these questions must be asked: Will traditional law schools also be disrupted? What will happen to them if they are not? Disrupting Law School, a recent white paper from the Clayton Christensen Institute, suggests many law schools are under major threat because of the changing employment market for lawyers. A concerned question is ‘Which law schools are paying attention?‘.

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Law in the age of the customer

Mark Cohen opens Law in the age of the customer with the statement: This is the age of the customer.

The asymmetrical advantage that sellers long held over buyers is gone. Consumers have access to market information and choice that has transformed the buy-sell dynamic. Social media provides them with a reference source and a voice. The balance of power has shifted from the supply to the demand side. The customer is king in the digital age.

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