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IE Law School, IBA and LSGL launch the Blueprint Project for the future global legal education

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IE Law School has been designated as the coordinator of the research project by the International Bar Association (IBA) and the Law Schools Global League (LSGL) to develop a blueprint for global legal education to understand how globalization and technology impact legal education globally.

This global project, titled Developing a Blueprint for Global Legal Education, aims to contribute to legal education around the world by identifying the key drivers that are shaping legal education at a global level, the responses that are emerging, and the extent to which those responses are or can address sufficiently the challenges and opportunities confronting legal professions all over the world.

This joint initiative forms part of the ongoing research by the IBA’s Commission on the Future of Legal Services into the trends that are shaping the legal profession. More than 400 bar associations, law schools and other legal institutions are expected to participate in the three-phase project, which will culminate in the publication of a report to be showcased at the IBA’s Annual Conference in Miami, in November 2020.

Through the analysis of the relevant literature, law schools websites, online surveys and interviews with key stakeholders from around the world, what this project intends is to develop a blueprint that will help legal education institutions navigate the ongoing paradigm change.

We believe that this project has the potential to make an important contribution to legal educational, globally. Through our research, we will gain a deeper understanding of the key trends, challenges and opportunities legal educators face. The final blueprint will be hugely beneficial for employers, law schools, regulators and other professional organisations involved in the legal sector. It is a privilege to partner with the International Bar Association in this endeavor,’ said Javier de Cendra, Dean of IE Law School, President of the LSGL from 2015-2018 and Co-Chair of the project with Fernando Peláez-Pier, President of the IBA from 2009-2010.

The Commission of the Blueprint for Legal Education, Co-chaired by Javier de Cendra and Fernando Pelaez Pier, has a particular focus on the impact of globalisation and technological disruption.

‘The ways in which people learn and work within all industries and professions across the globe are changing. The legal profession is no exception. It is therefore essential that those of us already engaged in the field of law adapt ourselves to the new technology for practice in this new decade and beyond. We must also put in place a new model for those entering the profession. With the insight gained from this research, we can develop universal standards for international legal education to ensure all lawyers receive the right training throughout their careers,’ said Fernando Peláez-Pier.

The research project is led by a team of eight researchers and four supporters from seven regions around the world: UK, Canada, EU, South East Asia & Australia & Hong Kong, Latin America, Asia (Russia & China & India), Africa.


Further information on the Developing a Blueprint for Global Legal Education project, including a description of the methodology, content, key deliverables, region representatives, phases, subjects of analysis, timeline and implementation is available here