A new topic for us today as we take a look at education and training in the legal industry, in particular, how we can improve it for our next generation of lawyers.
I’ve trained and mentored many law grads and junior lawyers so I have my own ideas about how we can change the education system so we can better prepare our colleagues for the future of the industry. Some of the skills that I see are really lacking are those practical skills – communication, project management and business type skills that are so essential.
Jessie Porteous is a Sydney based in-house lawyer and founder of start up The Learned Crew. TLC is a legal training business that aims to prepare the next generation of lawyers for the real world of law by bridging the gap between the legal theory taught at law school and the practical skills required by lawyers.
Here’s a summary of the things we talk about:
2:44 An intro to The Learned Crew – preparing the next generation of lawyers by bridging the gap between the legal theory taught at law school and the practical skills required in the profession
4:28 Identification of a training gap in in house roles
5:11 The mismatch between the theory taught in law school and practical skills needed in practice
5:57 The need for skills that go beyond typical legal skills
8:24 TLC’s in-house legal clerkship
14:00 New opportunities for law graduates
15:32 New learning methods, including using a simulated environment
16:50 The importance of project management skills
18:57 The innovation drive has hit in-house
21:09 Jessie’s advice for law students – “say yes to every opportunity”
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