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Law Without Walls

Law Without Walls is an innovative educational activity that has as primary objective the elimination of the occasionally watertight boundaries that separate the law from the business world, law faculties from their students, professors from the business world, and the teaching of law from the practice thereof.

The Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Law is the first Canadian law faculty to associate itself with this movement. In doing so, it has joined forces with some of the world’s leading law faculties, including Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School, University College London Laws, Universidad de Los Andes Facultad de Derecho (Colombia) and several others. Whether they hail from the academic or business world, the numerous participants involved in the project share the view that these two worlds must collaborate and innovate in order to meet the challenges that arise from the globalization of the legal profession, as well as the development of new technologies, the arrival of new legal players on the market, the need to improve access to justice and the transdisciplinary nature of clients’ needs. The course adopts a transdisciplinary approach to issues that are acutely pertinent to the legal profession, such as recourse to information technologies or to psychological and neuroscientific precepts in legal education and practice, the structure of the future law firm and the future legal capital of the world.

A significant portion of the course takes place online in the form of virtual encounters between students and their academic and professional mentors, who work all over the globe.

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