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From 'I' to 'T':
Let Tech Help You

You begin with ‘I’
You enter the legal profession with firm grounding in legal doctrine and analytic skills – knowledge of key case law and statutes; comprehension of legal principles and systems; the ability to apply the law to a set of facts, analyse the consequences, generate solutions and evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of each. These abilities are further refined and deepened as you find your niche areas of practice, and pursue continuing legal education in such practice areas.
These deep, disciplinary competencies characterise the ‘I’-shaped professional.
‘I’ alone is not enough
As people and their pursuits cross geographical and disciplinary boundaries, knowing the law and how to apply it, alone, may not be enough to identify the problems of and innovate the legal solutions required in the 21st century. Designing 21st century legal solutions requires working with people from diverse cultures, legal systems, and disciplines; and looking at a situation through more than your own disciplinary lens.
Enter the ‘T’-shaped professional characterised by not only deep disciplinary competencies but also broad collaborative ones such as empathy, multidisciplinary knowledge, cross-disciplinary perspective, and communication, critical thinking and project management skills.
How IT can help
IT is playing a pivotal role in enabling ‘I’-shaped legal professionals to develop into ‘T’-shaped ones by addressing some traditional challenges.
Interest overcomes inertia. Is managing your ‘real’ work driving you to inaction ... followed by frantic ‘anything goes’ action towards the end of the CPD year? If something interests you, you are more likely to pursue it sooner and better. Learning technologies enlivening instructional design to spark learner interest include interactive webinars, gamification and even virtual-world simulations. Online social networks are also important and engaging informal-learning tools.
Tailor-made to maximise time. When making your learning choices, is 'When' more important than ‘What’ and ‘How’? E-learning formats lend themselves particularly well to bite-sized or niche programmes enabling you to pick and mix from a diverse range of topics to more closely match your interests and needs – and your schedule.
Instantaneity minimises inconvenience. Do you forgo learning opportunities which are interesting because the location is out-of-the way or the dates and times are not to your liking? On-demand mobile learning brings the learning to you. There is no need to be sitting at a desktop, let alone in a classroom, and you can use everything from commute times to time spent in waiting rooms, to learn.
Tech eliminates trade-off. Given the possibilities for more flexible, cost-effective and varied learning which IT is making possible, choices about what to learn no longer need to be confined to those topics and formats only with immediate and obvious utility (i.e. something that contributes to your disciplinary competence).
So ... will you learn deeply AND widely, now that you can?

Article by Meng Bannister (Cegos Asia) & Anita Parkash (SAL)
Illustration by Margaret Hagan (Stanford Law School)
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