WomenLawyerApp-the Biggest App Since Angry Birds?
There’s been a lot of criticism of law schools during the Great Recession.
They charge too much. The job market is saturated. Law school professors know little to nothing about legal practice.
Law grads are burdened with hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt. The education itself is antiquated – premised upon “case law” and Socratic dialogue teaching methods pioneered in the nineteenth century.
And no one can find a quill pen outside of Hogwarts anymore.
Leaders in the field have long been saying that we need innovation and we need it now. It’s only recently, however, that any law school has stepped up to the plate in an effort to take a moribund system and make it vibrant again.
I’ve written about LawWithoutWalls before, a project of the University of Miami School of Law, New York Law School, and the School of Transnational Law, at Peking University.
The mission of LawWithoutWalls is two-fold: to “eliminate the barriers between faculty and students, business and law, professors and practitioners, education and practice;” and, to provide its students with the “opportunity to collaborate across institutions, countries, and cultures [to] gain invaluable experience and insight into the world of law and business.”
Sounds Good in Theory, But What About Practice?
Forward-looking ideas are all well and good. The devil, however, is usually in the implementation. At LWOW, the algorithmic medium is the innovative message. The medium and the message being created by three women LWOW students - Lauren Quattromani, Lynnett Brooks, and Tao Xu - is an app.