The Institute for the Future of Law Practice
The Institute for the Future Law Practice (IFLP) is a collaboration between law schools, law firms, corporate legal departments, NewLaw service providers, and legal technology companies.
Legal education and the legal profession are at an inflection point where traditional models of education and practice no longer fit the shifting needs of the market. The biggest driver of change is increased complexity. Historically, the legal profession has dealt with complexity through specialization and division of labor. However, the legal profession is now at a point where its members need to learn new tools and methodologies that were not, and are not, part of traditional legal education.
Unfortunately, law schools are unable to make this transition on their own. This is because (a) the shift in practice requires an integration of law with problem-solving methods that are not legal in nature (e.g., data, process, project management, technology, and team-based collaboration); and (b) the state of the art for these new approaches to practice are currently being developed in the field by practitioners and other allied professionals.
IFLP helps fill this void by identifying industry-leading practitioners and distilling their know-how and experience into an organized body of knowledge that can be taught to law students and mid-career legal professionals.
IFLP was created in 2018 by Bill Mooz, Bill Henderson, and Dan Linna. The founders of IFLP were inspired by their experience with the Tech Lawyer Accelerator (TLA) program at Colorado Law. Since 2014, approximately 80 students (most from Colorado Law, some from Indiana Law) have participated in a 3½ week bootcamp at the end of their 1L or 2L year. The TLA focused on technology, process, and business skills, with students spending the balance of their summers in 10-week paid internships. In some cases, the internships were extended to seven months (the summer and fall of students’ 3L year).
In May 2019, IFLP will host over 70 students. Two instances of the Boot Camp will cover modules such as Business, Process, Technology, and Data Analytics for Legal Professionals.