Thursday, November 9, 2017
Law.com, Think Your Law School is 'Innovative'? This Professor Has a Ranking System:
If you ask Daniel Linna, professor of law at Michigan State University College of Law, what changes he’d like to see in legal education around technology, he probably won’t share a list of programs and curricular offerings he’s helped put together. Nor is he likely to tell you offhand what changes some of his colleagues at other schools have instituted. Instead, he’ll tell you to check the data.
“We need to become more data-driven in this industry. We can’t just talk about innovation, we can’t just talk about technology. We’ve got to describe what it is, and then we’ve got to measure it,” Linna said.
Linna is director of MSU Law’s LegalRnD program, which trains students in leveraging technology and nontraditional workflows for what its website refers to as “leaner, more effective legal-service delivery.” In August, Linna and a group of students launched the Legal Services Innovation Index, a data collection of law firms’ use of technology and “innovative” workflows.
Recently, he and Jordan Galvin, LegalRnD innovation counsel, expanded the index to measure law schools’ work around innovation and technology. The index now outlines how many different legal technology disciplines 40 different law schools offer.
So, who comes in as the most innovative law school? Turns out MSU Law and Chicago-Kent College of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology top the Law School Innovation Index with 10 different disciplinary offerings apiece. Stanford Law School follows close behind, with nine different disciplinary offerings. The index additionally found that 19 law schools hosted centers or institutes dedicated to legal service delivery innovation and technology.
ABA Journal, Michigan State Institute Tracks Law School Innovation