LawWithoutWalls is a part-virtual collaboratory devised and led by Michele DeStefano, that develops the skills necessary to provide effective legal services in today’s global, multi-disciplinary, and cross-cultural marketplace. It centers on the intersection of law, business, technology, and innovation. It is designed to embrace and meet the challenges of the economic pressures, technological advances, and globalization that have dramatically reshaped the legal market.
Over a 3-month period, LawWithoutWalls teams up students from 26 elite law and business schools around the world with academic, lawyer, and entrepreneur mentors to develop business plans that tackle the main problems facing legal education and practice today. The goal is for the team of students and mentors to develop implementable business solutions (Projects of Worth) and to cultivate new platforms for relationships while honing problem solving, teaming, technology, cultural competency, project management, entrepreneurism, and social networking skills that can be applied to everyday practice. The end results are innovation in the legal services market and enhanced job prospects for law and business school students from around the world.
LAWWITHOUTWALLS & LWOW X
This year, we have two offerings: LawWithoutWalls, a blended model employing in-person and virtual components and LWOW X, a pilot all-virtual model we are testing this year with a few select schools. Although we will continue to offer the current LawWithoutWalls blended in-person/virtual model in the future, LWOW X provides an opportunity for us to offer LawWithoutWalls to more students from more schools regardless of financial situation.