Creating a realistic and ambitious program would not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsor Baker McKenzie. Its constant feedback creates a practice-oriented dynamic and their gracious invitation to Frankfurt adds a valuable and unique experience to the program's schedule.
The second week of the program culminates in an intensive three-day excursion to Frankfurt am Main. In addition to being the Eurozone's financial capital, the city is also home to offices for most large international law firms.
The group will spend two nights close to the city center and take part in an intensive workshop with practitioners and clients. A portion of the excursion will be held at ReInvent Law, the Baker McKenzie-backed legal innovation hub in Frankfurt's Harbor District. Unveiled in April 2018, the space hosts several start-ups and is a venue for events concerning innovation in the legal industry. Renowned experts will share their ideas from a law firm and in-house perspective. In addition, participants will visit the European Central Bank for a discussion with the Head of Legislation Division (DG Legal) on "Digitalization and Knowledge Management."
The study trip offers a unique opportunity to get in touch with fellow legal innovators, network and familiarize yourself with the European legal innovation scene. Clients will bring real-world challenges and your ideas of new processes and solutions could really make a difference!
Baker McKenzie has become one of the world's largest law firms by revenue, markets and headcount through organic growth. The firm understands that successful practices must adapt and be proactive, rather than retrench and practice old models.
Volatility and uncertainty have become the new norm and call for innovative lawyers with an ability to help their clients navigate constantly changing and challenging markets. This requires a different mindset and new type of thinking: lawyers who collaborate well across borders, markets and industries around the globe—who embrace new ideas and emerging technologies to give businesses confidence in the face of uncertainty.
Baker McKenzie embraces change, deploys technology, works with design thinking and sets up innovation hubs like the Toronto-based Whitespace Collab or the partnership with ReInvent Law in Frankfurt. Put simply, the firm knows that being "a good lawyer" is no longer enough. We must redesign how we deliver legal advice in a way that makes sense for clients and see business challenges through the client's lens.