LawWithoutWalls is a collaborative academic model led by Professor Michele DeStefano that brings together students, faculty, practitioners, and entrepreneurs from around the country and the world to explore innovation in legal education and practice. LawWithoutWalls (LWOW) is a team-based part virtual executive education program for practicing and aspiring lawyers to collaborate across institutions and countries and is designed to do three things:
1. Create innovations at the intersections of law/business/tech;
2. Hone 21st century professional service skills desired by clients (including innovation, cultural competency, creative problem finding and solving, leadership, business planning, communication, and collaboration); and
3. Transform relationships between lawyers and clients.
How Does It Work?
Students from law and business schools around the world are paired up to conduct investigative research on an assigned topic to identify a problem in legal education or practice and design a team-created innovative solution in a Project of Worth. Utilizing a blend of virtual and in-person techniques, LawWithoutWalls offers various initiatives:
Above all else, LawWithoutWalls engages those with a stake in Law's future and provides them with a powerful vehicle for innovation and change.
Major Events: KickOff + ConPosium
What is the KickOff?
LWOW begins with a collective experience—either in-person (LWOW Original, two days) or all-virtual (LWOW X, three days)—filled with idea generation, teambuilding, personality assessments, and other exercises that begin to break the barriers between professors and students, partners and associates, and lawyers and clients.
What is the ConPosium?
The LWOW experience concludes at the ConPosium - an interactive event wherein teams showcase their innovations to the LWOW Community and a panel of multidisciplinary judges, including venture capitalists, who assess the substance, viability, and creativity of the projects.
For More Information
Visit the LawWithoutWalls website if you are interested in participating in some way, there are many roles to play: mentors, subject experts, thought leaders, alumni advisors, ConPosium judges, students, and startup consultants.