Between Constancy and Change: Legal Practice and Legal Education in the Age of Technology

Zhiqiong June Wang   | Bio
Western Sydney University
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Abstract

In legal practice, as in other professions, the increasing use of technologies is not new. However, it is generally agreed that the latest round of new technological development, such as AI and big data, has presented, and will continue to present, challenges to the legal profession in a much more profound way. If the legal profession must adapt to technological changes, so must legal education. Technologies in legal education present us with three sets of considerations: the adoption and adaptation of technologies to teaching and learning; the study and research of disruptions and other impacts of technologies in society to assist in formulating legal responses to them; and the preparation of future lawyers.This paper first examines the impact of different technologies on legal practice and responses from the profession. Upon examining the opportunities and challenges brought about by new technologies, the paper will further discuss how legal education, especially its curricula, might respond to changes and challenges. It is argued that, like the way they adapted to globalisation, legal education and legal practice will meet new technological challenges and, as such, there is no reason to believe that there is not a bright future for legal education and the legal profession.

 

 

 

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Wang ZJ. Between Constancy and Change: Legal Practice and Legal Education in the Age of Technology. LiC [Internet]. 2019Aug.12 [cited 2020Apr.7];36(1):64-9. Available from: https://journals.latrobe.edu.au/index.php/law-in-context/article/view/87

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