Law Without Walls - LWOW

LWOW leverages intergenerational, cross-cultural, multi-disciplinary exchange to change the mindsets, skillsets, and behaviors of practicing and aspiring legal professionals.

About

Given the needs of the new global, complex multi-disciplinary marketplace, successful legal professionals must be creative problem solvers, leaders with a high risk tolerance and business mindset that can use technology, collaboration, leadership, and communication skills to overcome the walls of law. Therefore, LWOW focuses on:

1. Upskilling and reskilling

focusing on developing skills that are essential to being a successful legal service provider today such as teaming, leadership, mentoring, communication, project management, innovation, cultural competency, business planning, problem finding/solving, presentation, technology, networking, and change agency. LWOW enhances the ability to engage in the way clients desire.

2. Transforming Culture and Relationships

LWOW is team based. In all LWOW offerings, teams of law and business professionals and students from over 20 countries around the world work together virtually and/or in person to create viable solutions to real problems related to the business of law and/or social justice. In the process, in addition to honing the DNA of an innovator and learning new methods of problem solving and innovation, participants transform relationships with their colleagues and their clients and learn new approaches to create community and culture change

3. Creating Innovative Solutions to Real Business-of-Law and/or Social Justice Problems

In all of core LWOW offerings (LWOW Original, LWOW X, LWOW Xed, and LWOW Sprint) teams apply the 3-4-5 Method of Innovation (developed by Professor Michele DeStefano) to co-create a Project of Worth: a business case, practicable solution, and prototype to a real problem sponsored by a corporate legal department, law company, nonprofit organization, or law firm. They learn new design thinking principal and new ways to innovate and be agents of change. Most importantly, LWOW infuses the hearts and minds of those who participate with a passion and the tools for collaboration and transformation.

LWOW 2022 Offerings

In 2022, LWOW is back in-person with a 3-day, in-person experiential learning “weekender” Sprint in Segovia, Spain hosted by IE University Law on 25-27 March 2022. LWOW 2022 is focused on building an intergenerational, multi-disciplinary exchange while introducing new skillsets to legal and business professionals and law and business students to prepare them to navigate increasingly changing legal environments. Our goal is to prepare our student participants to be professional, nimble problem finders and solvers, to think innovatively, to collaborate in all circumstances, to be culturally competent and better equipped to navigate the ever-changing legal landscape. The goals of these offerings build on LWOW’s historic 3-part mission:

  1. Help participants hone 21st century professional skills (e.g., innovation, cultural competency, creative problem finding and solving, leadership, business planning, communication, collaboration, and virtual/inter-generational teaming).
  2. Transform relationships between legal professionals and clients
  3. Create innovations that solve real business challenges faced by legal departments and law firms/companies.

Why Participate?

  • Gain and/ or create deeper understanding of the global legal marketplace and how innovation is impacting the work, expectations, and careers, of legal professionals.
  • Learn knowledge and skills that can be leveraged to create value and meaningful change at work.
  • Learn the 3-4-5 Method of Innovation and design thinking principals.
  • Gain invaluable preparation for future participation in the LWOW Sprint.
  • Exchange with 2000+ our community of multi-disciplinary inter-generational change agents.
  • For students, LWOW Sprint 2022 is equivalent to 3 credits total in the U.S.

When and Where

The LWOW Sprint will take place 25-27 March 2022 in Segovia, Spain. Please visit our website at www.lwow.org for more information on 2022 offerings.

Student Application Process

Step One: Get to Know LWOW

Before applying to LWOW, read all the information available about it on our website.

Step Two: Apply

  1. Complete the online application. It asks for information typically available on a CV, a link to your Interview Video, contact information, and a short response (500 words or less) to a substantive question of your choice.
  2. Ask an academic or professional supervisor to complete the applicant recommendation on your behalf. The person completing this form should have experience working with you. (Note that students from University College London and Penn Law/Wharton are exempt from the recommendation.)

Questions?

Please visit the LawWithoutWalls website or email lawwithoutwalls@lwow.org