Analysing Design Thinking as Part of the Law Student’s Toolkit

Kate Galloway, Nickolas James

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As law schools approach the second decade of embedding new technologies in the law curriculum, we turn our minds to one of the lauded skills of the new professional—design thinking. In this paper, we define the nature and scope of design thinking, contrasting it with the suite of thinking skills generally associated with ‘thinking like a lawyer’. We identify the likely benefits for lawyers, clients and the community of adopting a design thinking mindset in the context of the still emergent, technology-rich practice of law. We also draw on critiques of the contemporary fascination with design thinking to evaluate its likely value in the (future) lawyer’s toolkit.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sept 2022
Event2022 Professional Legal Education Conference: LawTech, Newlaw and NetZero: Preparing for an Uncertain Future - Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 28 Sept 202230 Sept 2022 (Conference Program)


Conference2022 Professional Legal Education Conference
Abbreviated titleCPLE Conference
CityGold Coast
OtherEmergent technologies such as artificial intelligence and digital robotics, new business models, and the impacts of climate change will transform the profession, transform its community interactions, and change the way we practise and teach law.

As legal professionals and legal educators, how do we prepare for this uncertain future and provide our stakeholders with the tools to navigate change? What new models for the delivery of legal services and education will best help us, our students and our communities navigate change? What can the legal profession do differently in response to a vastly different and rapidly changing world?

The CPLE and Actium.AI Pty Ltd jointly hosted this conference to provide the answers to these and other questions, exploring our place in an unknowable future.

Thought leaders shared new perspectives on:

- Practical legal skills training
- Law student and lawyer wellness and resilience
- Legal technology and ethics
- New legal technologies including AI and Robotic Process Automation
- Legal education and legal tech training
- Future methods of legal services delivery
- Legal technology and compliance obligations
- ESG, law and legal practice
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