« After pioneering training and research in a dual law and management culture for almost 30 years, EDHEC Business School created the EDHEC Augmented Law Institute with the aim of positioning the know-how, function and skills of lawyers at the centre of corporate and societal transformation processes. This initiative is perfectly consistent with the goals of EDHEC’s “Impact Future Generations ” 2025 strategic plan.
Christophe Roquilly, Professor of Law, Director of the EDHEC Augmented Law Institute
The EDHEC Augmented Law Institute has three strategic development focuses: an offering of hybrid training programmes, research of real practical use for the legal industry, a proprietary Legal Talent Management platform.
EDHEC Business School’s ecosystem of excellence in Law is underpinned by a unique dual Law & Management training offering delivered in partnership with the Catholic University of Lille, and by the enrichment of all the School’s programmes.
Today, the EDHEC Augmented Law Institute wants to reinforce this knowledge hybridisation approach by building mixed programmes – Law & Finance, Law & Artificial Intelligence – and by setting up an executive education offering to support the development of augmented lawyers in legal professions.
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THE PATH TO SUCCESS
The employability and career-entry prospects of students trained by the EDHEC Augmented Law Institute are underpinned by a teaching faculty of international standing and EDHEC's Careers service, which works continuously with the largest groups and law firms.
Connections between students and the legal profession are also facilitated by the links that exist between the EDHEC Augmented Law Institute and its partners in the field. For example, following the signature of a partnership with Queen’s Law, EDHEC Business School will involve students in developping an artificial intelligence tool to improve decision-making in the field of intellectual property law.
Discover what students say about their law studies at EDHEC and how their training impacts their understanding of the profession.
" My EDHEC education background opened a door for me to get access to a career with an international perspective"
GHUANG ZHANG, CHINESE, EDHEC-2018, LL.M. IN LAW & TAX MANAGEMENT
PROJECT CONTRACT MANAGER AT BOMBARDIER TRANSPORTATION - LILLE
" We hear a lot of things about the LegalTech world. So having the opportunity to meet some of the founders of these legal startups - mainly lawyers- is fantastic."
ALEXIS DOISE, FRENCH, EDHEC LL.M. IN LAW & TAX MANAGEMENT
STUDENT WHO ATTENDED THE 4TH EDITION OF THE LEGALTECH FAIR IN PARIS
"By inviting quality instructors to our courses, EDHEC allows us to have a concrete and practical vision of the subjects we are taught"
MORGANE JEHEL, FRENCH, EDHEC-2017
LL.M. IN LAW & TAX MANAGEMENT
LAWYER, CABINET HUBERT BENSOUSSAN-PARIS
EDHEC Business School has been conducting research work situated at the crossroads of law, corporate strategy, management and ethics for more than 10 years now. Under the banner of the LegalEDHEC research centre, now incorporated into the EDHEC Augmented Law Institute, the School has been a genuine pioneer in developing real academic expertise focused on transformations linked to the digital and artificial intelligence era.
THE “A3L” AUGMENTED LAW, LAWYERS AND LAWYERING PROGRAMME
The EDHEC Augmented Law Institute runs research programmes including the “A3L” Augmented Law, Lawyers and Lawyering project. A team with expertise in a variety of disciplines (human rights, competition law, personal data law, intellectual property law, taxation, etc.) seeks to respond to the questions currently occupying the legal professions. The Institute’s objective here is to understand, explain and propose solutions for incorporating digitalisation, big data and AI issues into law and taxation. Find out more
MULTI-CHANNEL DISSEMINATION STRATEGY
In line with EDHEC Business School’s efforts to make management sciences accessible, applicable and of real practical use, the EDHEC Augmented Law Institute pro-actively disseminates its legal research with a view to supporting innovation in the legal world. There are three aspects to this dissemination strategy:
CREATION OF RESEARCH CONTENT IN INNOVATIVE FORMATS ACCESSIBLE TO A LARGE AUDIENCE
( studies, long-reads, articles, infographics..etc)
ORGANISATION OF, AND REGULAR PARTICIPATION IN, ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL EVENTS
(EDHEC webinars, Grenelle du Droit, Business & Legal Forum, LegalTech Show, etc.)
PUBLICATION OF ARTICLES, CHRONICLES AND OPINION PIECES IN THE GENERAL-INTEREST AND LEGAL PRESS
( Les Echos, Le Point, Les Affiches Parisiennes, Le Monde du Droit, Juriste d'Entreprise Magazine, .etc)
The EDHEC Augmented Law Institute is also highly active in the academic sphere. The Institute’s researchers publish in the leading French and international management science journals and law reviews (Research Policy, Journal of Business Ethics, European Journal of Law and Economics, Cornell Law Review, Southern California Law Review, La Semaine Juridique édition Entreprise et Affaires, Revue Pratique de la Prospective et de l’Innovation, etc). Christophe Roquilly, EDHEC Augmented Law Institute director and professor, sits on the Scientific Committee of the Lexis Nexis legal review and Frank Fagan, professor and member of the institute, is a special issue editor of the Research in Law & Economics journal. Lastly, the Institute also has a prominent presence in professional networks, notably as a partner of the AFJE (the French association of in-house counsels) and the Business & Legal Forum, and as a member of the UN Forum for Business and Human Rights...
DEFINING THE CONCEPT OF "INNOVATIVE LEGAL DEPARTMENT"
Among new research projects, the EDHEC Augmented Law Institute is due to sign a partnership with the legal department of one of the world’s leading video games specialists this summer. The partnership is geared to identifying the characteristics of an innovative legal department and its impact on value creation. Work will lead to a proposed conceptual framework for the elements constituting an innovative legal department and, further out, will equip the legal industry with a solid base of academic knowledge for fostering a culture of innovation within legal departments. Lastly, the results of this research could encourage law professionals to assess and adapt their skills in response to market challenges.
The EDHEC Augmented Law Institute offers the Law market the first platform for managing legal talent: ALLL.LEGAL
The platform is currently available in French only.
PUTTING ACADEMIC RESEARCH TO WORK FOR THE LEGAL INDUSTRY
The initiative behind the EDHEC Augmented Law Institute stems from the same “Useful Research” model that helped EDHEC Business School stand out in Finance, notably via the incubation and ultimate sale of the Scientific Beta research spin-off. For its part, the EDHEC Augmented Law Institute harnesses the School’s academic expertise in law to assist legal departments, law firms, legal professionals and students with the extensive transformations taking place in the legal sector.
OFFERING OPEN-ACCESS TOOLS FOR MANAGING LEGAL TALENT
EDHEC Business School provides the law industry with a set of resources (studies, data, infographics) and online tools for managing legal talent. These openly-accessible solutions include the « Market skills repository 1.9 » which indexes the 150 key skills needed to be recruited, and to perform and make career progress in the law market. Four categories of skills are identified: soft skills, digital skills, business skills, legal skills.
The Alllmytalent.legal extension developed in partnership with Séraphin.legal will also soon be available (end-June 2020) and offer:
- An "open-wiki skills repository 2.0", in others words, the market repository updated on a collaborative basis by EDHEC Augmented Law Institute researchers and a panel of experts
- A customised skills repository enabling law professionals to create their own skills repository from the market repository, and assess their own skills or those of their legal teams.
CREATING AN R&D CONSORTIUM
The EDHEC Augmented Law Institute wants to set up an R&D consortium specialised in managing legal talent.
« We are incorporating the best technological partners on the market into our research work - under the label of Trusted Partners - and are also offering legal departments and law professions turnkey open innovation solutions. Following the arrival of the legal tech SERAPHIN.LEGAL, the next partner to join us in the consortium is the HR Tech JUBIWEE » explains Christophe Roquilly. Jubiwee will add value to the Legal Talent Management platform by offering a system of co-assessment and continuous feedback by team members, at a time when annual performance reviews are showing their limitations in terms of talent development.
Other partners are set to join the consortium in the coming months.
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