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Lander & Rogers takes legal tech internship to QUT

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Following successful Law Tech Clinics with Monash University in Victoria and University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in New South Wales, Lander & Rogers has taken legal tech education to Queensland. Students learn the fundamentals of legal technology and build a client-ready app or bot.

Lander & Rogers continues to prepare the next generation of lawyers by taking Australia's first university-industry-partnered internship to Queensland.

A leader in innovation and technology within Australia's legal sector, Lander & Rogers has earned its accolades and positioning as one of the most sought-after firms for legal graduates.

Lander & Rogers' Law Tech Clinic, delivered in partnership with BotL, has launched at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) for 2023. The highly specialised program has been considered a great success at both Monash University and UTS and is now being offered to law students at QUT.

The new partnership with QUT sees Lander & Rogers working with BotL, a startup and alumni of the LawTech Hub by Lander & Rogers that aims to innovate the way Australian law schools prepare students for the future of legal practice. Lander & Rogers and BotL together are delivering the 12-week university-industry-partnered internship.

Michelle Grossmann, Chief Innovation Officer & Transformation Lead at Lander & Rogers said, "Tech-savvy legal professionals are the future of the industry and we're proud to be leading Law Tech Clinics in Victoria, NSW and now Queensland with our partners, BotL. We're excited to have kicked off the Law Tech Clinic at QUT and look forward to guiding the students on potential new pathways and exposing them to what the future holds for law."

47% of law students receive no legal tech training

Lander & Rogers' deep industry knowledge, coupled with BotL's hands-on approach to learning legal technology, places students at the heart of technological disruption in law.

Christine Zhong, co-founder of BotL said, "A surprising 47% of law students are still leaving law school without any legal tech training. We're here to change that and are excited to once again be working with our long-term partner Lander & Rogers and breaking new ground with the students of QUT.

"The legal industry is experiencing significant technological disruption and law firms are increasingly looking for graduates with an edge who are forward-thinking, creative and capable of building no-code and low-code tech solutions."

During the first phase of the 12-week QUT LawTech Clinic, students take part in a series of weekly workshops to develop an understanding of the relationship between technology and law. A range of industry-leading speakers, from experienced technology lawyers to design thinking advocates, share their expertise.

A real-world pain point is tackled

Phase two of the program sees students briefed on a real-world client problem focusing on the process around release of information, then working together to create a real-world solution.

Lawyers from Lander & Rogers' market-leading Workplace Relations & Safety practice in Brisbane are leading the student briefing and will be assisting the students to understand the core legal issues surrounding the problem and to build a fit-for-purpose solution.

Shannon Chapman, Partner in the Workplace Relations & Safety team in Brisbane said, "We are excited about this opportunity to work with BotL and QUT students to develop a streamlined tech solution to an actual legal issue that our clients grapple with on a regular basis. The problem we have developed for the clinic is a topical one, which will require the students to consider a range of intersecting laws."

Law students learn to build an app

Building a unique solution in the form of a low-code or no-code app or bot, the students will prototype and test it, ultimately presenting it via an end-of-program pitch event. The expectation is that it will be client-ready and add real value to Lander & Rogers’ provision of legal advice.

Over 100 students have graduated from the Law Tech Clinic, having designed and developed a cyber security app, a bot that helps guide clients and family law practitioners through the child support system, and a workflow system for registering intellectual property.

The purpose of the Law Tech Clinic is for students to complete the program with confidence in their ability to adapt to the changing demands of legal practice, and an appreciation of the diversity of career paths where law meets technology.

Professor Amanda Kennedy of the Faculty of Business & Law at QUT said, "Working with Australia's leading tech and innovation-focused law firm will expose our students to the inner workings of Lander & Rogers and the necessity of having a technological mindset upon graduation, preparing them for an industry that is constantly evolving."

The Law Tech Clinic runs during the autumn session through to the end of May 2023.

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