Non Profits Benefit From Law Students And Technological Ingenuity

Non profits are benefiting from the newest generation of law students during the global health crisis with new technologies. An international coalition of law students at Swinburne Law School has created a few new legal technological solutions to everyday issues for legal teams, as part of the new global ‘”Law Without Walls” program. Law Without Walls (LWOW) helps build the skills and knowledge of up-and-coming lawyers toward the practical application of innovation and technology law in a global world.

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Over 35 law students recently came together from around the world virtually to work collectively and co-create cases and solutions on a new platform, relative to aiding current law-related social justice problems. At the end of the four month period, they showed their solutions to a panel of judges.

Teams were asked to come up with a solution to the everyday problems small firms face in pursuing pro bono work, such as insufficient expertise, constraints on time, and reduced resources compared to large firms. 

The first set of students created ‘United Pro Bono’, a new platform that collectively joins small law firms. This would give firms access to a global network they can consult; with features like sourcing pro bono matters automatically, and offering time sensitive estimates for pro bono work. This system would allow them to better prepare their future staff of attorneys. 

The second group of students created a platform that law-related non-profits can share, trace and track the use of donated funds, thus showing the physical impact donors have in real time. The second team developed ‘Honest Funds’, a new plug-in for sites of nonprofits. It also gives donors a large say in the allocation of those funds.

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