The next generation of lawyers, company secretaries and compliance professionals need to be ready for AI, automation and machine learning and its impact on traditional professions.
Future proof your career
How is UTS preparing its graduates?
As part of the Bachelor of Laws, the Faculty of Law offers the Legal Futures and Technology major. A first in Australia, this specialised major equips graduates for careers that require a capacity to work with technology and its impact, innovation and new law as a result of unprecedented change and disruptive technologies. Think smart contracts, bitcoin, blockchain and the fourth industrial revolution.
As part of the major, Westpac and UTS joined forces to create a unique program designed to future-proof law graduates and open their eyes to the future changes affecting the industry, now.
Meet Yasmin and Louis, the first two students to complete the Westpac internship within the Compliance, Legal and Secretariat (CLS) division at the bank. Both students spent one day a week over a semester undertaking an unpaid internship with the CLS team.
Yasmin Frost, who is studying a double degree in Law and Science in Information Technology, got to work with the Westpac compliance team on the use of artificial intelligence, one of the technologies believed to have the biggest effect on all companies.
Every week we were doing something different. It was both stimulating and challenging to adapt my mind-set to a new issue or problem in the area of legal technology
Louis Bridle, a fellow intern in his fourth year of a double degree in Law and Communication, says the program provided a “holistic” view of the application of legal knowledge and gave him a unique insight into where his degree might lead.
Doing this internship made me realise there are so many different ways to pursue a legal career
This major echoes Dean of the UTS Faculty of Law, Lesley Hitchens' philosophy.
“Our graduates need to speak the languages of other professions to understand the new ways lawyers need to work,” she says. “We have a responsibility to students to reflect what’s happening externally.”
The new major establishes UTS as the premier Law School at the forefront of the digital age. This innovation emerged from the flagship Future of the Legal Profession series, Disruptive Technologies and the Law subject, Allens Neota UTS Law Tech Challenge for Social Justice and #breakinglaw Hackathon, in collaboration with international law firm King & Wood Mallesons.
For the full article on the Westpac internship student experience, visit The next generation of lawyers.