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Modern Law Practice Certification

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Lawyer Reading Legal Books and Taking Notes

About the course

The Modern Law Practice (MLP) program on LawHub is an award-winning upskilling program that is solely focused on teaching the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to operate as a legal professional in the modern business environment. MLP consists of 10+ classroom hours of asynchronous instruction in six discrete topics sought by employers and clients: (1) modern legal services market, (2) data analytics, (3) product and service design, (4) legal technology, (5) process improvement and project management, and (6) business and finance. Upon passing the exams in all six courses, you will earn a certification, which can easily be incorporated on your résumé and social profiles such as LinkedIn.

Syllabus

  • 1
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    The Modern Legal Services Market

    This course provides a comprehensive overview of the past, present, and future of the legal services market, with particular emphasis on the structural problems that the skills taught in the Modern Law Practice Certification program are designed to address. Topics include: (i) the need for critical new legal infrastructures, (ii) the problem of lagging legal productivity and the solution for one-to-many legal products and services, (iii) a detailed market analysis by sector, and (iv) access to justice. Most legal professionals only have visibility into their own subset of the legal market, which impedes coordinated efforts across the profession. In contrast, students who complete this course will have a perspective that is comprehensive, proportional, timely, and accurate.
  • 2
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    Legal Process and Project Leadership Fundamentals

    This course teaches basic business fundamentals related to process optimization and project management, both in and out of the legal context. You will develop an understanding of the origins, background and terminology of lean six sigma and legal project management, and acquire an understanding of lean and project management frameworks through the three stages of innovation and process improvement projects. Gaining an understanding of the practical application of lean and LPM tools and methods will embed new capabilities, including the ability to identify and manage typical barriers to change within legal functions of all types.
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    Principles of Legal Business Design

    The rapid growth of business design is addressed through the origin and history of design, generally. You will be able to contextualize and explain how design has driven digital transformation and the experience economy. In the context of the legal profession, the need for business design is explained through a demonstration of what the Legal Business Design Beginner’s Playbook consists of, and how to differentiate and discuss the core concepts of Validity, Desirability, and Feasibility.
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    Data Analytics for Legal Professionals

    Tackling one of the fastest-growing disciplines within the legal profession, this course provides a baseline definition and contextualization of data analytics for legal professionals. The most critical types of data will be examined and core types of analysis will be canvassed. You will develop an understanding of the tools, technologies and methodologies used to make analysis accessible, as well as learn how to summarize a legal analytics pipeline at a high level.
  • 5
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    Business and Finance Operations

    This course offers a glimpse into the inner workings of legal department operations in the context of the overall company operating environment. In addition to gaining knowledge of key financial statements and key metrics that are important to management, directors and shareholders, you will understand the components of a business strategy, how it differs from vision, mission and goals, and the three components of a company’s managing process. You will also gain an appreciation for the economics of a business acquisition or divestiture, options to structure the transaction and the key obligations of the parties. All of this leads to an understanding of how to apply business principles to the operations of a legal function and align priorities with a company’s long-term growth strategy and short-term goals.
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    Understanding and Working with Legal Technologies

    With legal technology being pervasive throughout the profession, this course provides a much-needed introduction to and overview of the core technologies in use today, including (i) legal tech. stacks, (ii) cloud-based solutions, (iii) law practice management systems, and (iv) billing management and analysis tools. In addition, you will be able to summarize the fundamentals of information governance, consider several ethical concerns related to legal technologies and explain and describe various approaches to document assembly and contract life cycle management systems.