What is LWOW?
This year, LawWithoutWalls (LWOW) is an all-virtual experiential learning initiative that leverages intergenerational, cross-cultural, multi-disciplinary exchange to change the mindsets, skillsets, and behaviors of practicing and aspiring legal professionals.
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 2021 Offerings
We have created a new offering focused on building intergenerational, multi-disciplinary exchange and community as well as upskilling students and law/business professionals to help them better navigate the ever-changing legal landscape. The goals of these offerings build on LWOW’s historic 3-part mission:
- 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)
- Transform relationships between legal professionals and clients
- Create innovations that solve real business challenges faced by legal departments and law firms/companies.
The LWOW Sprint-X & LWOW Sprint-X Inc.
All-virtual programming consisting of two parts:
1. LWOW Sprint-X
Participants collaborate in multi-disciplinary teams composed of legal and business professionals and students from law and business schools around the world who work together virtually to create viable solutions to real problems related to the business of law and social justice over the course of a 4 week period in January and February of 2021. In addition to creating and presenting the foundation of a practicable solution, participants learn design thinking principles and new ways of communicating, leading, and approaching collaboration and culture change that can be applied in the future within the organizations in which they work. Sprint equips participants with skills and experiences required to build and maintain successful client relationships.
2. LWOW Sprint-X Inc.
Following participation in Sprint-X, the Student Hackers, volunteer mentors/project managers (and any Lead Hackers who so choose) will continue to refine, distill and incubate their team’s Projects of Worth developed during LWOW Sprint-X. The focus over these three months is on developing a full business plan, challenging assumptions, and prototyping.
- 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-X (1 credit) and Sprint-X Inc. (3 credits) participation is equivalent to a 4 credits total in the U.S.; for nonstudents, we will seek (but cannot promise) to provide Continuing Legal Education and/or ProBono credits.
When and Where
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
- 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.
- 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.)