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 

2017 Project Topics

Topics for LWOW 2017 will be announced in December.

Past Project Topics

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

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

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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.