The legal profession is moving towards a new order. While a number of industry Luddites have been slow to accept the change, the latest law news suggests that this shift is coming.
Law firms and in-house departments are starting to leverage technology and processes to provide legal services. This innovation is both good for the consumer and the firm. It helps reduce costs, mitigate risks, and shorten delivery time. Nevertheless, digital companies must perform regular audits and risk mitigation to ensure the safety of their products and services.
One law school has recently taken steps to encourage its students to take advantage of the many resources available to them. For instance, the School of Law recently announced that it will offer free tax assistance for low income residents. In addition, the School of Law is providing a scholarship to help future law students attend the school.
The University of South Carolina School of Law is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, the School of Law has moved into a brand-new building. This new facility is a technological marvel that includes state-of-the-art classrooms and other state-of-the-art features. Several professors have also been appointed to endowed chairs. These changes will allow the School of Law to continue to expand its student programs and improve the academic profile of its entering class.
The University of South Carolina School of law will open a Veterans Legal Clinic in July. The Clinic will serve veterans and other military personnel. As the first legal clinic in the school’s history, the clinic will give South Carolina Law graduates the opportunity to develop skills needed to protect veterans and other members of the military.
Two visiting professors will teach several courses during the semester. Elizabeth Chambliss and Ann Eisenberg will also expand the School of Law’s student programs. Both are well-known experts in the field of intellectual property. They have both published articles in a number of leading law reviews.
The School of Law welcomed 217 first-year students last August. The class is one of the most talented in the school’s history. During the fall competition, the Mock Trial and Moot Court teams set records for the school. Third-year student Andrew Rawl plans to use his degree to help others.
South Carolina Law has received a donation from the Konduros Fisherman Fund. The fund has committed more than $1 million to the school. That donation will allow the school to develop the Rule of Law Collaborative, a group of faculty from fourteen locations across the Midlands that will focus on supporting post-conflict countries and fragile nations.
The Rule of Law Collaborative will also work on research on the sheriffs of the U.S., as well as post-conflict countries. Other projects include a scholarship to improve the outcomes of victims of domestic violence.
As the legal industry continues to adapt to a more dynamic marketplace, legal innovation becomes an important buzzword. Legal providers’ reputations no longer depend on their pedigree and brand. Instead, it is the expertise and scalability of the provider that matters.