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The Future of Lawyering

King's Building, Strand Campus, London

The Future of Lawyering – insights on Legal Education, Drivers of Change, and the Views of the Profession, from the International Bar Association’s Future of Legal Services Commission


  • 18:00 Pre-event reception
  • 19:00 The seminar
  • 20:00 Post-event drinks

Abstract: The Future of Legal Services Commission is a grouping of expert officers of the International Bar Association whose mission is to analyse and report on the state of the legal profession, specifically looking at changing client demands, new entrants to the legal industry, regulatory changes and education, and digitisation/technology, and to recommend how to respond to these challenges.

In this talk, current Co-Chair, Soledad Atienza, Dean of IE University Law School in Madrid, and Vice-Chair, Chris Howard, University Partnerships Director of BARBRI Global, will provide an overview of the Commission’s latest findings, based on three research reports which it has recently undertaken. The first, the Blueprint for a Global Legal Education, based on a wide-ranging survey of Law Schools throughout the globe, seeks to answer the question of what the ideal degree curriculum should contain in order to prepare young lawyers for 21st century practice.

The second, an analysis of the latest discussion and research on the forces shaping legal practice worldwide, seeks to identify and interpret the key Drivers of Change for the industry. Finally, the Heatmap Survey of the Legal Profession, an ongoing study, provides a fascinating insight into the issues of the highest concern to practices worldwide, offering a unique profile of the modern law firm.

Sole and Chris will present all these findings in an interactive presentation which will also offer the opportunity for a wider audience debate on the issues raised. We look forward to seeing you there.

Soledad Atienza1

Soledad Atienza is the dean of IE Law School, IE University. She is currently copresident of the Law Schools Global League and the co-chair of the Commission for the Future of Legal Services of the International Bar Association (IBA). She is co-director of the Pérez-Llorca-IE Chair of Business Law and has been elected member of the Royal European Academy of Doctors. She has an extensive international academic experience and a global vision of legal education. Previously, she practiced as a lawyer at the leading Spanish law firm Pérez-Llorca.

She earned a Ph.D in Social Sciences from IE University and has an Executive MBA from IE Business School; she holds a “ZertifiKat über Europäische Studien” by Europa Institut, Universität des Saarlandes in Germany. She is the author of various academic works, among them, the book “Teaching Law: Can the U.S. experience help us?”

Chris Howard1

Chris Howard is the University Partnerships Director at BARBRI Global and Vice-Chair of the International Bar Association’s Future of Legal Practice Commission. Chris qualified as a solicitor in 2003, specialising in Construction Law at City firm Trowers & Hamlins. He has subsequently been working in Professional Legal Education for the past 18 years, during which time he has taught Construction Law as a Senior Lecturer in the Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London, and was also the founding Director of the Professional Law Institute. He has recently finished serving as a Co-Chair of the IBA’s Academic and Professional Development Committee, through which he has spoken around the world on the Future of Legal Practice and Education.

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