Disrupt or be disrupted: The age of the legal intrapreneur and entrepreneur

Develop new entrepreneur and intrapreneur skills 

The legal services industry continues to evolve and move away from traditional structures. New services are being developed and delivered in new and innovative ways. This subject aims to enable students to develop an understanding of this changing environment and the skills to capitalise on the opportunities this offers.

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Grow your legal intrapreneurship and entrepreneurship skillbase

What do I get when I study Disrupt or be disrupted: The age of the legal intrapreneur and entrepreneur?

A subject in or credit towards the Master of Legal Business

Blended Learning


Taught by experts Mark Cohen and Alison Laird

Thinking outside the law by embracing disruption to get ahead of the game

An interview with George Beaton and Alison Laird (Teaching Fellow) discussing disruption and innovation in the legal industry



Who is this subject designed for?

This subject is designed for those working in any legal services industry context including:

  • Innovation leaders/managers
  • Lawyers, general and practice managers
  • In-house counsel
  • Head of legal operations
  • Or any type of legal business advisory role


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What will I learn?

On successful completion of the subject students will be able to:
  • Explain the wider context of legal services following wider global business trends and needs
  • Advise on disaggregation of legal services and review the concept of “law companies”
  • Evaluate the impact of technology on competent representation
  • Develop entrepreneurial thinking, skills and strategies beyond “knowing the law” to be an effective legal entrepreneur


Your Teaching Fellows

Mark Cohen
Mark Cohen
Mark Cohen is the CEO of Legal Mosaic - a legal business consultancy, speaker, author and Distinguished Fellow at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. Mark is a member of the College’s Program Board for the Master of Legal Business and the Singapore Academy of Law’s inaugural LIFTED Catalyst-in-Residence.

The first 25 years of Mark’s professional career were spent as a civil trial lawyer--decorated Assistant U.S. Attorney, BigLaw partner, founder/managing partner of a multi-city litigation boutique, outside General Counsel, and federally-appointed Receiver of an international company conducting business across four continents.

Mark pivoted from the representation of clients to 'the business of law' approximately 15 years ago. Mark founded Qualitas, an early legal process outsourcing company (LPO), and then co-founded and managed Clearspire, a groundbreaking 'two-company model' law firm and service company.

Currently, Mark consults with legal service providers--corporate departments, firms, and law companies--on new delivery models and legal buyer solutions. Mark also works with law firms around the world to bridge the gap between traditional legal education and 'contemporary skills' required by the marketplace. This includes aligning law schools with providers to provide 'real life' experience for students and to better position them for their careers.

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Alison Laird
Alison Laird

Alison has spent the last decade working with BigLaw, questioning the status quo and encouraging people to think outside of the legal box to deliver 'different'. As a legal intrapreneur, she uses a clever combination of people, process and technology, collaborating with lawyers, business professionals and clients, to develop bespoke and creative solutions.

Alison is also Chair of the Chief Innovation Officers Forum, which brings together like-minded professionals driving change within their organisation, providing a platform to share resources and experiences on the innovation journey, along with professional development and thought leadership opportunities.

With more than 15 years’ experience working abroad in Beirut, Dubai and London, Alison is now based in Australia, bringing her unique perspective to the legal profession as Head of Innovation and Project Delivery Asia Pacific, for global law firm Pinsent Masons. Alison holds an MBA from the University of Melbourne, Australia.

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