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Future Lawyering Research Portal

The Future Lawyering Research Portal serves as a one-stop facility and first port-of-call for all research papers and articles relating to issues concerning the future of the legal profession. Members of the Law Society of Singapore can benefit from accessing insights on topical issues affecting the legal sector, amongst other resources. These include research papers and commentaries previously published in the Singapore Law Gazette

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Table of Contents Amelia Chew, Jennifer Lim Wei Zhen & Irene Ng (Huang Ying) The role of lawyers has traditionally been defined and described by their areas of practice: e.g. mergers & acquisitions, litigation, investigations. Technological developments have, however, put pressure on the traditional roles of lawyers, and this paper intends to analyse: (1) how […]

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… MANAGING AI RISKS WILL BECOME INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT AS LAW PRACTICES HARNESS AI FOR THE BENEFIT OF THEIR CLIENTS. AI AND LAWYERS (PART 2) In the “Continuing Conversations from the Colloquium” series, we look at some of the key themes arising from the Law Society’s Colloquium on ‘The Role of Lawyers in the Age of […]

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DISRUPTIONS COULD OFFER OPPORTUNITIES FOR LAWYERS TO STRENGTHEN THEIR VALUE PROPOSITION BY LOOKING BEYOND LEGAL SOLUTIONS TO SOLVE CLIENT PROBLEMS RATHER THEN FOCUSING ON THE STANDARDS OF TECHNOLOGICAL COMPETENCE REQUIRED OF LAWYERS, THE SPIRIT BEHIND SUCH A DUTY WAS MORE IMPORTANT BEING A LEGAL PRACTITIONER IN AN AGE OF DISRUPTION ULTIMATELY COMES DOWN TO BEING […]

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… THERE ARE GOOD REASONS TO BE CONCERNED GIVEN THAT THE LEGAL PROFESSION, IN VIEW OF ITS LACK OF TECHNICAL EXPERTISE, IS NOT IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT IN DRIVING AI … AI AND LAWYERS (PART 1) In the “Continuing Conversations from the Colloquium” series, we look at some of the key themes arising from the […]

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LAW PRACTICES AND THE FUTURE OF WORK … WORKERS WILL NEED TO UPSKILL AND RESKILL TO DEAL WITH ‘DEEP STRUCTURAL CHANGES’ THAT ARE LIKELY TO OCCUR IN THE MARKET In the third edition of Future Lawyer Bytes, we explore briefly the future of work together with Alvin Chen, Director of the Legal Research & Development department at […]

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A PRIMER ON ALTERNATIVE LEGAL SERVICE PROVIDERS The Law Society’s Colloquium on ‘The Role of Lawyers in the Age of Disruption: Emerging Regulatory Challenges’ will be held on 19 May 2020, bringing together legal practitioners, emerging scholars, industry experts and students to contribute to developing thought leadership on topics relating to the ethical and regulatory challenges […]

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LEGAL ETHICS & TECHNOLOGY … A BASIC UNDERSTANDING OF THE PARTICULAR TECHNOLOGY USED BY THE LAWYER TO ASSIST IN THE CLIENT’S MATTER IS BECOMING THE NEW ETHICAL NORM. For our inaugural Future Lawyer Bytes, we feature a quick chat with Alvin Chen. Director of the Legal Research & Development department at the Law Society of […]

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Law by design: what the legal profession can learn from design thinking Table of Contents Introduction In 2013, a group of designers, lawyers and technologists at Stanford University came together with the aim of developing innovative solutions to advance access to justice. They founded the Legal Design Lab (the Lab), based out of Stanford Law […]

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The “New Age” of the Legal Profession Table of Contents Why Quantitative Skills Matter for Lawyers Innumerable are the lawyers who explain that they picked law over a technical field because they have a ‘math block’ The Honourable Judge Richard Posner On 18 June 1964 at about 11 30 am, Mrs Juanita Brooks fell victim […]

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Should Lawyers be Coders? Table of Contents Introduction Scratch, Python and C++, three of the world’s most well known coding languages, may not be familiar to many lawyers. In recent years, the coding phenomenon has taken the world by storm with coding being touted not only as “the most important job skill of the future […]

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