Solving Tough Legal Practice Problems Through Innovation

Each LWOW team is assigned a topic or problem in legal education or practice. Topics range from social justice (“Running For Their Lives: How Can the Legal Profession Help Prevent Violent Crimes Against Minors So They Don’t Have to Flee?”) to systems design (“E-Discovery and Legal Process Outsourcing: Commoditization or Democratization?”). Teams are tasked with exploring the topic, fine-tuning the problem for a discrete audience, and, finally, developing a solution to the problem identified. The solution consists of a business case and prototype that can take many forms, such as an app, a new model regulation, a website, or new software, a new consultancy, a new way to streamline a contracting or decision making process, etc.  

Sponsor a Project Topic or Challenge: Your Problem, Solved

This year, we are offering the opportunity to sponsor a topic. Sponsoring a topic represents a unique opportunity for an organization, corporation, or firm to have a real or anticipated issue researched, analyzed, and creatively solved by a team of the world’s top law and business students, entrepreneurs, academics, and lawyers. The issue could be one that the sponsor’s business or industry is facing, or it could be one that is in line with the sponsor’s corporate social responsibility endeavors or pro bono commitment. The sponsor has wide discretion in selecting a topic.

Join organizations like Microsoft, Lockheed MartinLegalZoom, BupaUnitedLex, and Diversity Lab in sponsoring a topic. | Learn more 

2016 Project Topics

LWOW Original

  1. Teach an Old Dog New Tricks: How can Technology Help Aging Populations Know Their Rights?
  2. Microsoft’s HoloLens, Google Glasses, and  Infinity AR: How Should Augmented Reality Change the Legal Marketplace?
  3. How Can Law Keep the Sporting Industry Fair? You Be the Referee
  4. Even Tradition Can Be Enhanced With Technology: How Can IT Improve Important Trial Processes?
  5. Fight or Flight: Where Can/Should Lawyers Go after Biglaw?
  6. Growing Pains: How Can Law Firm Leaders Manage and Leverage Today’s Multi-Generational Firm for the Future?
  7. More Minorities at the Top: What Will It Take To Increase and Sustain Diversity in High-Level Legal Leadership Positions in Law? (Sponsored by Diversity Lab)
  8. If Airlines Can Do It, Why Can’t Law Firms? How Can Law Firms Profitably Disaggregate Services Without Being Despised?
  9. Catch 22?: Assessing the Ethics programs of M&A Targets, Partners and Suppliers Without Reference to a Specific Country’s Laws or Regulations (Sponsored by Lockheed Martin)
  10. In a Big Data World, How Should Service Providers Strike a Balance Between Making Money and Responsibly Managing Users’ Data? (Sponsored by Microsoft)
  11. Does Practice Make Perfect? How Do We Find an Objective Measure of Legal Quality? (Sponsored by LegalZoom)
  12. In the Modern New Legal Education Landscape, How Can We Measure Success?
  13. Cooking Up a Secret Sauce: The Law School Application and Admissions Process, Reimagined
  14. How Can Lawyers Use Technology to Help Millions Around the World Live Longer, Healthier, Happier Lives? (Sponsored by Bupa)
  15. Forget Me Not? Helping Today’s Youth Gain Protection From a Right to be Forgotten Tomorrow
  16. What's the Recipe: How Can General Counsel Offices Measure Success Internally and Across the Organization? (Sponsored by UnitedLex)
  17. Connecting Lawyers to Social Entrepreneurship: The Ultimate Two-For? Lawyers Give and Get
  18. The Right to Rat: Protecting Whistleblowers from a Bad Rap

Click here to see team members by topic.

LWOW X Social Entrepreneurship

  1. Even Tradition Can Be Enhanced With Technology: How Can IT Improve Important Protected Trial Processes?
  2. The Challenge of Apathy: How Can the International Mission to Prosecute Crimes Against Humanity Appeal to Today’s Youth?
  3. She, He, We, and Who: Rethinking Access to Justice in a Non-Binary World
  4. A New Kind Of Risk Management for Lawyers: Substance Abuse Prevention and Education for the Modern Legal Profession
  5. Forces of Change: How can Technology Aid Information Management in the European Refugee Crisis?
  6. Rethinking Nonprofits: New Models for Legal Aid for Vulnerable Client Populations
  7. Lawyers as Leaders: How Can Lawyers be Empowered to Create Social Change?
  8. Connecting Lawyers to Social Entrepreneurship: The Ultimate Two-For? Lawyers Give and Get
  9. From Lass to Lawyer: How Can We Empower the Girls of Today To Be Tomorrow’s Female Law Leaders?
  10. Getting Schooled: In Troubled Areas, How Can Law Help Enforce Women’s Right to Education?
  11. The Right to Rat: Protecting Whistleblowers from a Bad Rap

Click here to see team members by topic.
 

Past Project Topics

YEAR 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | Potential future topics

2015

LWOW Original & LWOW X Project Topics

  1. Servicing the Lawyers to Service the Clients: How Can Technology, New Mediums, and Global Support Structures be Utilized to Help Lawyers Help their Clients?

  2. Got Ethics? Making Use of Bar Organizations’ Ethics Opinions

  3. Legal Entrepreneurs and Venture Capital: Finding a Common Language in an Uncommon Ground

  4. Training the Trainers: Which Skills Should Law Professors Have for 21st Century Professoring?

  5. Limited Legal License Technicians: Glorified Paralegals or New Roles for Increased Access to Justice

  6. Breaking the Conviction Cycle: How Can We Empower Our At-Risk Youth After the First Offense

  7. Dinosaurs in Sneakers: How Can Biglaw Innovate, Collaborate and Change to Avoid Extinction and Get Back in the Race?

  8. The Wild Wild West of Arbitration: Are You Ready for What Really Happens Behind Closed Doors? 

  9. Redesigning the Law Classroom on the Cheap:  What Can We Learn From Teaching and Learning Methods Outside of Law

  10. In a Glocal World, How do Corporations Reduce the Dark Zone of Unknown Corporate Misconduct? There’s Got to be a Solution for That 

  11. There’s No Access to Justice Without Access: How Can We Deal with Disabilities in the Courtroom?

  12. Harnessing The Power of Watson: Utilizing Cognitive Technology to Help the Law Firm Make Better Decisions and Build a Stronger Relationship with Clients

  13. Weeding through Lawyers: How Does a Client Choose When Lawyers Claim they are Different but Sound the Same?

  14. E-Discovery and Legal Process Outsourcing: Commoditization or Democratization?

  15. Bridge Over Troubled Waters: Finding an Interim Solution for Law Grads Without Jobs 

  16. Exits and Re-entries in the Law Market: Stop-Gaps? Or Potential For Innovation

  17. Running For Their Lives: How Can the Legal Profession Help Prevent Violent Crimes Against Minors So They Don’t Have to Flee?

 LWOW X Compliance Project Topics

  1. Effective Strategies to Prevent Retaliation for Reporting Misconduct

  2. Managing Ethics and Compliance Risk Downstream through the Supply Chain

  3. Building Effective Anti-Corruption Initiatives that Target Third Party Intermediaries

  4. Anti-Trust Compliance Issues in an International Context

  5. Ambiguous Legal Issues Associated with Investigations and Audits

  6. Developing Effective Communications Strategies for Ethics and Compliance Topics

  7. Dealing with the Effects of Mental Health Issues on Ethics-Related Conduct

  8. Managing Conflicts of interest Between Companies and Regulators
  9. In a Glocal World, How do Corporations Reduce the Dark Zone of Unknown Corporate Misconduct?