September 26, 2017 | Fredricton N.B., Canada Recognizing that 21st century demand for traditional lawyers and legal services is greatly exceeded by the supply of lawyers and law students, there is a significant and timely need for innovation not only in the legal profession but in legal education.
Law Made will be presenting on the topic of the “T-Shape Professional” and the importance of gaining some grounding across a number of professional disciplines. This talk is presented with the support of LexisNexis as part of a previously announced program. The 21st Century legal professional is one that offers a broad “T-shaped” skill set beyond the “I-shaped” lawyer (limited to traditional, linear training in black letter law and bespoke legal services) which is purposed to provide broader access to legal support for people and companies in a comprehensive, collaborative, solutions-oriented way. The “T-shape” skill set, which builds upon the “I-shape” by adding breadth in adjacent areas including design-thinking, data science competency, computer code and development and project management. Also included in the “T-shape” are entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial skills that enable legal professionals to provide productized services in ways that are replicable and go beyond the pay for time service model.