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Skill and Competencies for the Digital Transformation of the Legal Sector

Why did we act?

New digital roles and titles are materializing just about everywhere, but there is no community standard on what the various titles mean in terms of expected deliverables or required skills, let alone their place in what still are traditional structures.

This translates into a need for standards of in areas such as

  1. skills and competencies, 
  2. in-house and consultant tasks,
  3. existing profiles, and emerging roles (e.g. Legal Scrum Master, Legal Process Owner, …).

What do we propose?

Beyond the hype and the buzzwords, we report on which new roles actually exist, what they require and what it means to fill them in successfully.

Going forward, we would like to use these insights to:

  1. create a community
  2. allow for secondments and trainee programs
  3. prepare us for next gen recruitment
  4. identify necessary skills
  5. set standards for education with educational institutions
  6. provide the community with content

How do we do it?

We interview leading examples of transformation roles, analyzing the tasks and deliverables that come with each respective position. This allows us to summarize what we have learned to the benefit of the community. 

Take for example the impact of such roles on the following case study: the introduction of an in-house contract management system + matter management with standardized templates for regular cases (80%) and a process for sourcing outside counsel in exceptional cases (20%) – what skills are required? Are new skills required? Are they skills currently taught in legal education? What should be learned at the university, what in professional training facilities?


Project lead(s)Matthias Bosbach and Bernhard Waltl

Contact: via LLI’s Microsoft Teams Platform (membership required)

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