Fundamental technologies shaping legal services

Understand the technology behind leading legal services

The role of technology in delivering legal services is a hot topic. Fundamental technologies shaping legal services is taught 100% online. It is designed to provide a robust understanding of the technologies relevant to applications in the business and practice of law.

The subject is led by Michelle Mahoney, ‘serial intrapreneur’ and Dr George Beaton, leading professional services strategist.

Subject Code: MLB20_UI1 

Subject commences: 10 February 2020

Subject ends: 22 March 2020

Grow your understanding of the relevant technologies in the business and practice of law

What do I get when I study Fundamental technologies shaping legal services?

A subject in or credit towards the Master of Legal Business

Online Learning


Taught by experts Dr George Beaton and Michelle Mahoney

Fundamental technologies shaping legal services

Who is this subject designed for?

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

  • Private practice
  • In-house counsel
  • General and functional specialist managers
  • The courts and the Bar


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What will I learn?

Fundamental technologies shaping legal services will allow you to grow your potential as a legal professional.

Our focus is to help you develop new skills in:

  • Describing the building blocks of the legal technologies that are shaping the delivery of legal services
  • Mapping the many applications of information processing in legal services against technologies used
  • Hypothesising future applications of known technologies
  • Critically analysing the impact and technological limits of platforms in the delivery of legal services
  • Explaining the core features and benefits of blockchain and its applications in legal services
  • Assessing the rationale for and challenges of the technologies on which Lawtech and Regtech startups are based.

Your Teaching Fellows

Michelle Mahoney
Michelle Mahoney

Michelle is a serial intrapreneur. With a strong global network, Michelle has a track record for maximising technology, transforming business and innovating. She is a member of King & Wood Mallesons’ Executive Leadership team as the Executive Director of Innovation.

Michelle designs and delivers the innovation strategy for King & Wood Mallesons. This includes legal design, digital strategy, the application of artificial intelligence and innovation thought leadership.

Michelle is an Accredited Associate Fellow of AIM, she is a legal technologist, Prince 2 project manager, Prosci change manager, Stanford design thinker and a lean six sigma black belt. Her career has included many first to market initiatives.

Michelle has received global professional recognition of her market leading work, in 2013 Michelle was one of the first Australians inducted internationally as a Fellow of the College of Law and Practice Management and in 2017 she was awarded the International Legal Technology Association Distinguished Peer Leadership Award.

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George Beaton
George Beaton
Dr George Beaton has guided clients through a wide variety of strategic decisions in his 30+ years as an advisor and consultant. George leads the client research that gives rise to the beatonbenchmarks and the Client Choice Awards each year since 2005 and, for smaller firms, the Professional Services Awards and FirmChecker.

George is widely regarded as a leading independent authority on professional services industries and their firms. His work covers Australia, Asia, USA, Canada, and UK with a particular focus on the imperative for law firms to remake their business models. George wrote the best-selling e-book NewLaw New Rules and co-authored with Dr Imme Kaschner Remaking Law Firms – Why and How published by the American Bar Association.

For many years, George was a senior member of the business and law schools of the University of Melbourne.

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