According to a recent press release, UnitedLex, “a global, full-service provider of technology-powered legal and business services,” has launched a legal residency program with four law schools: Emory University School of Law, the University of Miami School of Law, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, and Vanderbilt Law School.
The residency program runs two years, and like a medical residency, the recent law grads chosen for the program will be employed by UnitedLex full-time to work on its client projects. The legal residents will also receive instruction from senior attorneys and hands-on training.
‘There is much that we can learn from medicine, in particular, from the large teaching hospitals where teaching, research, and clinical work is fully integrated and undertaken under the one roof. Central to this teaching is offering students direct access to patients,’ explains Richard Susskind, author of The End of Lawyers? and Tomorrow’s Lawyers, as well as the Larry Hoffman/Greenberg Traurig Distinguished Visiting Professor at Miami Law.
The program seeks to give law graduates relevant, real world experience.
[They will] learn to use cutting-edge legal technology and processes . . . and work directly with clients to deliver legal services in such practice areas as litigation management, e-discovery, cyber security, contract management, patent licensing, IP management and immigration law.
In addition to the legal residents being paid, the law schools will receive a portion of UnitedLex’s proceeds to fund scholarships and other student programs.
In 10 years, the wisdom of this approach will look obvious. . . . ‘UnitedLex has created a unique solution to a range of systemic challenges in the legal ecosystem,’ said Bob Grossman, partner at Greenberg Traurig.
LPR applauds UnitedLex and the four law schools that are participating in this program. Hopefully, legal residency programs will catch on. The legal field needs more practice ready young lawyers, especially ones trained to do cutting edge legal work.