The T-shaped Lawyer Experience Through the Lens of IFLP

By Yonida Koukio

What does the future of law look like in an age of machine-learning era advancements? After attending a 3-week boot camp in Chicago at the Institute for the Future of Law Practice (IFLP), it became clear to me that the future of law is less about technological advancement and more about change management.

I practiced civil litigation for about four years in Greece and have worked at a few Canadian law firms under different capacities for the past two years. I am convinced that lawyers all over the world are facing similar, if not identical, challenges.

At the beginning of the Boot Camp almost every IFLP student, myself included, promoted technology as the answer to every problem that law firms or companies face. “Automation and standardization” was the theme of most student presentations, during which one or a combination of existing legal tech tools were put forward. However, one of the biggest takeaways during the Program was that, for technology to be a truly effective tool, it is necessary to pinpoint the actual – often not the obvious – problem and define the end goal. Yet, organizations spend little time thinking about what they wish to achieve.

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