Fundamental technologies shaping legal services

Course ID MLB19_UI1

  • Online
  • Masters

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. Learning is based on video explanations and use cases presented by world leaders, focused readings, interactions with teaching fellows and peers in group work, and assessments throughout the 6 weeks.

Places are strictly limited to ensure effective learning. 

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Full Price $3,000.00

Alumni/Member Price $2,700.00


Start date:

06 May 2019

End date:

16 June 2019

About This Course



This subject may be studied on a standalone basis and it can also provide credit for the Master of Legal Business if the assessments are completed satisfactorily. The Master of Legal Business will be accredited by June 2019.



  1. Introduction to the fundamental technologies shaping legal services
  2. Building blocks
  3. Information processing
  4. Platforms and blockchain
  5. Lawtech and Regtech startups



On successful completion of the subject students will be able to:

  1. Describe the building blocks of the legal technologies that are shaping the delivery of legal services
  2. Map the many applications of information processing in legal services against technologies used
  3. Hypothesise future applications of known technologies
  4. Critically analyse the impact and technological limits of platforms in the delivery of legal services
  5. Explain the core features and benefits of blockchain and its applications in legal services
  6. Assess the rationale for and challenges of the technologies on which Lawtech and Regtech startups are based



This is an online, six-week subject. It consists of five online modules, a two-hour group conference and three types of assessment.

The two-hour conference will be held during week 4 commencing Monday, 27 May 2019.

The mode of instruction includes video explanations and use cases presented by world leaders, self-paced study with practical quizzes, discussion forums, small group work and a two-hour group conference led by teaching fellows.



  • Individual Assignment 1 (to be completed in Weeks 1-4) 20%
  • Syndicate Assignment (to be completed during Weeks 5-6) 30%
  • Individual Assignment 2 (to be completed during Weeks 5–6) 50%



We recommend that you allow 9-10 hours of study per week for self-directed online learning and activities. However, you will need to devote additional time for workshops, assessment tasks and preparation.



It is assumed that you have a law degree, or other bachelor’s degree plus at least three years’ experience in a legal or quasi-legal environment.



CPD Points

Earn 10 CPD points towards satisfaction of your CPD requirements. However, you may still need to complete some mandatory CPD. You should check the requirements in your state with your local law society.



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.



Teaching Fellow Biography

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.


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.



Teaching Assistants

Shanan Kan and Marcel Salvador are Teaching Assistants helping design and run Fundamental Technologies Shaping Legal Services.