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:
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.
Location: F3 Forestry Lecture Theatre