• Identify and understand the drivers and trends of change in the legal sector, including the impact of technological developments.
  • Understand the components of digital transformation and Legaltech and how they relate.
  • Understand the legal services value chain.
  • Identify, understand and explore the challenges and opportunities (personal and professional) arising from change and technology in the legal sector.

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Weekly - 2

Total - 24

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Indicative bibliography:


* Rogers, David, The Digital Transformation Playbook: Rethink Your Business for the Digital Age (Columbia Business School Publishing: 2016)


* Susskind, Richard, Tomorrow's Lawyers: An Introduction to Your Future (Oxford: 2017 (2nd edition))


* DeStefano, Michele, Legal Upheaval: A Guide to Creativity, Collaboration, and Innovation in Law (American Bar Association: 2018)


* Ledered, Peter and others, New Suits: Appetite for Disruption in the Legal World (Stämpfli Verlag AG: 2019)


* Newton, Jack, The Client-Centered Law Firm: How to Succeed in na Experience-Driven World (Blue Check Publishing: 2020)


* Østergaard, Kris, Transforming Legacy Organizations: Turn your Established Business into an Innovation Champion to Win the Future (Wiley: 2019)


* von Pfeil, Rupprecht Graf and others, Legal Tech and Digital Transformation: Competitive Positioning and Business Models of Law Firms (Globe Law and Business: 2018)


* Parker, Isabel, Successful Digital Transformation in Law Firms (Globe Law and Business: 2021)


* Kowalski, Mitchell, Avoiding Extinction: Reimagining Legal Services for the 21St Century (iUniverse: 2016)


* Chishti, Susanne and others, The LegalTech Book: The Legal Technology Handbook for Investors, Entrepreneurs and FinTech Visionaries (Wiley: 2020)


* Saldanha, Tony, Why Digital Transformations Fail: The Surprising Disciplines of How to Take Off and Stay Ahead (Berrett-Koehler Publishers: 2019)

Teaching method

A mixture of theoretical-practical lessons and individual and group reflections in class, allowing students not only to acquire knowledge about the subject matter, but also to develop competences and skills relevant to their future.

Additionally, students will be asked to develop, in groups, a project related to Legaltech throughout the semester. Each project will be presented to the class at the end of the semester.

Evaluation method

Students will be assessed based on a continuous evaluation model consisting of the following parts:

(a) Participation during classes: 20%

(b) Individual exercises: 45%

(c) Group exercises: 35%


Note regarding final exams: Students retain the right to be assessed on the basis of a written final exam, in the context of which they will have to answer both multiple choice and open questions on topics related to the learning outcomes described above. Final grades will be announced within two weeks of the exam day.

Subject matter

Part 1: Introduction (the what)

A) What is Legaltech

B) Legaltech in the context of the digital transformation of the legal sector


Part 2: The changing legal sector (the why)

C) The evolution of the legal sector

D) Drivers and trends of change in the legal sector

E) Impact of change in the legal sector

F) Examples/case studies


Part 3: Achieving the digital transformation of the legal sector (the how)

G) The legal services value chain

H) The elements of digital transformation and how to start it

I) Examples/case studies


Part 4: Technology in particular (the how)

J) Legaltech Framework

K) Trends and figures in technology implementation

L) The technological infrastructure of law firms: present and future

M) The new business models

N) Examples/case studies


Part 5: The legal professional of the future (the who)

O) Framework and models

P) General overview and conclusions