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TiLD @ Vrije University – Integrating Legal Tech in Law School Education

One of our last activities to close an exciting 2019 got us engaged in expert discussions on “How could we integrate #LegalTech in #LawSchool education? What should we integrate?”

Our co-founders Joaquín Santuber & Dario Dill were honored to be invited by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam) to discuss and brainstorm on these questions and advocate for the value of #LegalDesign in #LegalEducation.





Next to that we had the opportunity to listen to & engage in fruitful discussions with our amazing co-panelists, who shared their work on projects happening worldwide such as:



Our main takeaways from this important exchange & discussion:


🌍 Legal Design & Legal Tech both are an international phenomenon with the potential to bring our different legal systems closer together. In a European context, a multiple jurisdiction focus can have a substantial impact regarding the scalability of solutions that are designed in the context of Legal Innovation and Legal Technology. Having an EU-common legal framework provides a fertile ground to develop solutions to legal problems that could be applied in a larger European scenario. A joint effort from different universities can provide different perspectives on common legal problems. In this spirit, the evolution of legal technology is closely related to policy development. Legal design approaches can play a significant role in facilitating the understanding of policymakers and government bodies on the impact of technologies in our society.


💡Legal Design is a must-have when doing Legal Tech, because the culture, the mindset and the understanding of and interaction with technology are not solved only through software solutions. The digital transformation of law firms and legal departments are ist not purely an analog-to-digital transition but a process that involves a change in the way lawyers work, in legal management and legal problem-solving. Digitalization offers new possibilities. To be able to embrace and push those possibilities forward, an innovative, creative and solution-oriented environment, behavior and mindset are necessary prerequisites for tomorrow's lawyers.


🌳 Law is not just about decision trees, but how people experience legal services, and how these services make them feel. Creating new legal solutions is not only about developing code that can provide the right decision, but mostly about how well the respective technology serves citizens to solve their legal problems. The latter last is particularly relevant when it comes to access to justice (A2J) for consumers. On the other hand there is the approach to create an access to law (A2L): making law and legal documents easier to read and understand, pre-defining & re-designing legal processes for clients and developing user centered legal products.


We would like to thank our hosts Galina Cornelisse, Tina van der Linden, Bethany Houghton for creating the space to exchange experiences and draw new common guidelines on how we can implement Legal Tech and Legal Design in Law Schools and Universities.

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