Future Law Works is a global collective of researchers, technologists, practitioners, and designers envisioning the futures of law, legal institutions, and legal education. We are a virtual think tank.
We are motivated to act by the instinct that social, economic, and technological change now dwarfs the power of established institutions of legal education and higher education to adapt effectively in the incremental style to which they are accustomed. Fundamental, larger scale, and longer term re-thinking and re-structuring are required.
Our initial vision is described in greater detail at the “Vision” link, above. We are eager to complement the efforts of others around the world who have been working to improve systems of education, training, professional development, the delivery of legal services and legal information, and justice.
This site was launched in late December 2018.
Last updated: 05 May 2021
Founders and Steering Committee
Future Law Works was established in late 2018 following a “Law’s Futures” roundtable held in Southern California attended by more than 30 legal academics, lawyers, and designers aiming to think broadly and boldly about how law, education, and institutions should be refashioned in the decades to come.
The 2018 Law’s Futures roundtable was hosted by Hiram Chodosh (Claremont McKenna College), Dan Rodriguez (Northwestern University), and Michael Madison (University of Pittsburgh).
One prompt for the roundtable and the programs, events, and initiatives to come was this essay on the future of legal education, distributed in December 2017 and later made the focus of an online symposium at Prawfsblawg, a leading blog covering legal academia. The essay and the online symposium are available at the “Readings” link at the 2018 Law’s Futures website.
A 2019 Law’s Futures roundtable will take place at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law in September 2019.
Future Law Works has no formal institutional sponsorship or affiliation. It consists of the collected volunteer efforts of individual researchers, practitioners, technologists, designers, academic administrators, and business and nonprofit professionals around the world.