This topic is designed to help students better harness their creative and innovative potential, and to engage with the transformation that contemporary legal practice is undergoing in response to innovation. Through this topic students will develop important life skills while learning to identify opportunities in the legal sector, develop solutions and pitch proposals through a series of innovation challenges. Students will learn and apply skills and principles from human centred design thinking and research. These entrepreneurial and innovation skills are intended to improve student employability and effectiveness.
This topic aims to provide students with the mindset, orientation, toolkit and opportunities to develop innovative practices, with reference to the context of the practice of the law. The topic aims to build on theory and practice that suggests people are intrinsically creative and curious but also acknowledges that society, organisations, educational system and many other factors frequently stifle our tendency to be different, to think outside the box, and challenge the status quo. Techniques which allow the generation of a greater number of, and more original, ideas will be covered - including how to continue to evolve those ideas. A key lesson to take away from the topic is that innovation takes many forms, not just product/service innovation which tends to be front of mind when considering entrepreneurial ventures. Organisational innovation including operations, design and business model innovation, as well as social innovation, can often be even more impactful/valuable.
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