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How Innovation Diffuses in the Legal Industry

There is substantial evidence that the legal profession is gradually giving ground to a broader legal industry that encompasses both lawyers and sophisticated professionals from other disciplines. Although this was partially expected in the United Kingdom and Australia, where the regulatory structure was changed to permit non-lawyer ownership of law firms, innovation is also flourishing in the US market. Indeed, despite the fact that the U.S. legal market has not deregulated, it is emerging as a market leader in several important areas of legal innovation. Despite signs of rapid change and market disruption, there is also a powerful counter-narrative among commentators and the legal press that focuses on the seeming glacial pace of change in law, particularly among large law firms that continue to prosper under a business model that is nearly 100 years old. There is some validity in both perspectives, yet no unifying theory that accounts for all the change – and lack of change – we are seeing. The purpose of this course is to begin to assemble a relatively accurate and useful framework for understanding and analyzing the changing legal market. Students who take this course and do all of the requisite work will have a grasp of the legal market on par with many industry leaders. Meeting Dates: Mondays, from 6-9, from 10/16-11/27, plus Wednesday, from 6-9, 11/29 This course is open to JD,LLM, and MSL students. Section 1 is for JD and LLM students only. JD & LLM students should enroll in section 1. Section 2 is for MSL students only. Assessment. • 20% based on two(2) answer outlines prepared for Weeks 1-2 (can be done collaboratively within teams, but collaboration is not required). • 20% based on a background memo on an innovator company prepared in advance by each team and circulated to class and guests speakers. • 20% active class engagement. • 10% teamwork performance (informed by a 360 tool). • 30% based on Final Capstone presentation and document. Required Texts: • Everett Rogers, Diffusion of Innovations (5th ed. 2003)1 • Richard Susskind, Tomorrow’s Lawyers (2nd ed. 2017) • Geoffrey Moore, Crossing the Chasm (3rd ed. 2002) (excerpts) • Press clippings on six legal

Catalog Number: PPTYTORT 647

Course History

Fall 2017
Title: How Innovation Diffuses in the Legal Industry
Faculty: Henderson, William Drew (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 20     Actual: 7

Fall 2017
Title: How Innovation Diffuses in the Legal Industry
Henderson, William Drew (courses | profile)
Section: 2     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 30     Actual: 5