Building T-Shaped Professionals
You’ve read recent headlines that say that law students are not prepared for legal practice following graduation, in-house counsel are keeping more work in-house, and law firms are being forced to find ways to become more efficient. In short, the legal market is changing but legal education has not kept pace with the times. As futurist Richard Susskind warns, “we are training young lawyers to become 20th-century lawyers and not 21st-century lawyers.”
It’s time for a change.
A primary goal of the Institute for the Future of Law Practice (IFLP) is to equip lawyers with the knowledge and skills that are essential in modern legal practice. We seek to transform traditional lawyers, who have deep legal knowledge and expertise, into T-Shaped lawyers with knowledge of complementary disciplines, including business, design, project management, technology, and data analytics. These new legal professionals are able to better solve problems and collaborate with others who have expertise in those areas.
IFLP hosts multi-week intensive boot camps to train law students and mid-career professionals on these disciplines.