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UC Connect: Law without Lawyers

Law without Lawyers: does legal education have a future?

In his recent UC Connect public lecture, Professor John Hopkins explained how the changing nature of law, the increasing cost of legal advice and the excessive formality of the legal system had left the way open for alternative ways to undertake ‘law jobs’, without the need of lawyers.

“From Blockchain to ‘Alternative’ Dispute Resolution, the way appears open for a legal system without the need for high priests of the legal profession to navigate it,” Professor Hopkins says.

“If current trends continue, the much maligned profession may die out, all on its own.”

Missed this session? Watch the video here:

Bringing Law into the 21st century

Imagine a world in which you can approve a legal contract as quickly and easily as a Tap and Go EFTPOS transaction. Sound outside of the realm of possibility? You might be surprised.

In next week’s Professorial Lecture, based on his published work, Professor John Hopkins takes a closer look at the increasing cost of legal advice, the excessive formality of the legal system and whether the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Blockchain (a subset of distributed ledger technology (DLT) will see the extinction of the legal profession as we know it.

We encourage all staff and postgrad students to attend this Professorial lecture and learn more about this imminent advancement in the legal field.

Law without lawyers: does legal education have a future?
Date:               Thursday, 5 July 2018, from 4.30 – 5.30pm.
F3 Forestry Lecture Theatre

Expectations, experiences and wellbeing – School of Law | Te Kura Ture

Ursula Cheers Lynne Taylor

An ongoing longitudinal study across three Aotearoa New Zealand universities has already changed teaching and wellbeing practices in the School of Law | Te Kura Ture.

The longitudinal study, which began in 2014, aims to present those teaching law with comprehensive data to inform their teaching practices and potentially to enhance the law school experience more widely across Aotearoa New Zealand. The study is funded by the Ako Aotearoa Southern Regional Hub Project Fund.

UC’s School of Law has already begun to make changes based on some preliminary findings. As well as implementing a Wellbeing Plan, adopted unanimously by staff last year, the School has introduced an early warning system to identify students in their first or second year who may be struggling with their studies. A student advisor phones these students to check on how they are doing and offer support and assistance.

Co-author on the study Associate Professor Lynne Taylor (pictured above right), whose lectures include ‘Lynne’s life tips’, says students often need help transitioning from high school to study at university as well as ongoing assistance with developing resilience.

“If students are not managing their time now, if they are pulling all-nighters or getting sick, this is the time to learn to do it differently. Law is stressful, workforce pressure is much greater and they will be dealing with other people’s lives and money.

If we can equip our students to deal with these challenges, they will be far more successful.”

Dean of Law | Amo Ture and co-author Professor Ursula Cheer (pictured above left) says the future can be worrying for students.

“The law profession is changing. We need to make them aware of skills as well as knowledge and bring them confidence around self-management.”

UC’s School of Law | Te Kura Ture has recently hosted a first for Aotearoa New Zealand, a symposium for law academics from around the country to connect on teaching, learning and wellbeing.

Free legal advice for staff

The UC Law Clinic, in association with Community Law Canterbury (CLC), is offering a free legal advice service to staff for any issue, including tenancy and general problems.

This confidential service, under the supervision of a qualified and practising CLC solicitor, will be available on selected Wednesday afternoons from 2pm – 5pm.

Appointments may be made for the time slots of 2pm, 3pm or 4pm on any of the following Wednesdays: 15, 22 and 29 March; 5 April; 3, 10, 17 and 24 May 2017. The clinic is in Room 151A, in the foyer of the Business and Law Building on University Drive.

To take advantage of this service please email your preferred appointment day and time to law-clinic@canterbury.ac.nz and a confirmation email will be sent to you.

Professor Robin Palmer
Director of Clinical Legal Studies, UC School of Law

Emeritus Professor receives second honour

Congratulations to Emeritus Professor John Burrows, ONZM, QC who has been made a Companion of the Order (CNZM) in the 2017 New Year Honours. His honour comes three years after he was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Emeritus Professor Burrows was appointed the Chair of the New Zealand Flag Consideration Panel in February 2015 and led the Panel throughout the flag consideration project. Professor Burrows’ chairmanship was notable for its professionalism, and for his careful and considered approach and commitment to delivering an inclusive process resulting in significant public engagement.

He is a UC law lecturer, author, former member of the Law Commission, and was co-chairman of the Panel which reviewed the New Zealand constitution in 2012 and 2013.

Read his full citation here and see who else received a CNZM

Read more news coverage here