BPP continue to lead the way and release their own ‘Tech Talks’

Head of Innovation Technology Adam Curphey from BPP University Law School has recently launched a series of ‘Two Minute Tech Talks’ designed to be a primer in various areas of legal technology to lawyers at any level, especially law students seeking to understand the technological landscape of the legal services profession they are entering.

This comes after BPP recently announced the launch of their new Legal Innovation and Design Module (subject to validation) and hosted the successful Future Lawyers’ Innovation Conference, which attracted over 1,500 viewers to the online stream in addition to those present in person.

The Two Minute Tech Talks are designed to help lawyers and law students to establish a foundation level knowledge in new technologies that are changing the provision of legal services, and to provide a basis for building digital skills. They break down complex technologies under the rules of ‘one concept, two minutes, three questions,’ those three questions being ‘What is it?’, ‘How does it work?’ and ‘What is its legal application?’ Each video seeks to look at technology in a new and accessible way. The series so far includes talks on Blockchain and AI, with future editions to feature Robotic Process Automation and augmented and virtual realities.

Mr Curphey said “BPP University intends to continue upskilling new entrants to the profession and we hope these talks equip students with vital knowledge about current and future legal technology trends and processes”.

He continues with, “Historically, legal language was so complex that no lay person could hope to understand it. That is less the case now, and much work has been done to simplify the practice of law and increase access to justice. These videos are performing the same job with technology: taking complex technological concepts and explaining them in a way that – hopefully – anyone can understand.”

Alex Smith, Innovation Manager at Reed Smith said "There is a lot of (marketing) led confusion in the market on what technologies do what and how they will impact legal practice. These BPP Two Minute Tech Talks cut through the noise and provide quick and pragmatic views of where certain technologies are at and how they are being used at the coalface. This is important to focus future lawyers on how practice is evolving and the importance of humans in these processes and the value of legal knowledge & expertise."

The focus on legal technology at BPP University is set to continue in the future, with the impending introduction of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination affording BPP the opportunity to show that they are committed to providing legal education at the cutting edge, and to embed technology into legal vocational teaching in a way that hasn’t been done previously.

Recently featured within Legal Geek, you can find the Two Minute Tech Talks on BPP University’s Youtube channel