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Leveraging Off Legal Technology to Grow Your Firm

Course now open | $45 | Course last updated 4 November 2021 | Self-paced

Course Overview

Legal technology is a wide-ranging term used to describe technology solutions that aim to support, supplement and replace traditional ways of delivering legal services or enhancing efficiency.

It includes:
  • Case management systems
  • Research tools
  • CRMs (client information management systems)
  • Billing tools
  • Online customer-facing chatbots
  • Smart contracts

Use effectively, it can produce the following benefits:
  • Increase efficiency and productivity resulting in business growth
  • Reduce costs
  • Improve client responsiveness and satisfaction
  • Protect client information
  • Assist you and your organisation to make data driven decisions

Is this course for you?

This course is designed for lawyers of all levels, students and compliance- and risk managers looking to understand how they might use legal technology to benefit their roles and future careers.

You will gain an understanding of:

  • The context of legal technology, with a specific focus on how you can leverage it for your personal career stage
  • How critical a change management plan is for implementing new solutions and minimising risks
  • How legal technology may impact your engagement with clients and their experience and expectations of you and your firm
  • How legal technology may impact your engagement with clients and their experience and expectations of your firm
  • The operations of your firm and where legal technology can make a difference

Your Course Instructors

Simba Mubvuma

Simba Mubvuma

Head of Innovation @ LawBasket

Simba Mubvuma is a lawyer and access-to-justice entrepreneur from Zimbabwe. A self-taught coder, Mubvuma is Head of Innovation at LawBasket, a legal technology company that connects small businesses and start-ups with legal help they can afford. Named on the Forbes Africa 30 under 30 list in technology, he was selected as a Mandela Washington Fellow in 2019 and has spoken at the Stanford Law School Future of Law Conference, the Innovating Justice Forum in the Hague and at the Africa Law Tech Festival in Kenya.

Nicolene Schoeman-Louw

Nicolene Schoeman-Louw

Founder and Managing Director @ Schoeman Law

Schoeman-Louw founded the firm in 2007, aged 24. She is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa, conveyancer, notary public and mediator, with a passion for entrepreneurs. She regularly writes for academic and online publications such as De Rebus, Without Prejudice,, Entrepreneur, Business Briefs and Personal Finance. Louw guest lectures at Stellenbosch Business School.

Other Contributors

Africa NewLaw Innovation Index
Africa NewLaw

The Africa NewLaw Innovation Index is the first Africa-focused, free to use and list, online index dedicated to innovative African legal service providers. The listed African businesses provide a broad range of innovative solutions, tools and products to business challenges, leveraging legal services that can be delivered more efficiently and at a lower cost in Africa.

This course is produced in collaboration with Liquid Intelligence Technologies

Liquid Labs

Liquid Intelligent Technologies is a pan-African technology group present in more than 20 countries, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa. Liquid has firmly established itself as the leading provider of pan-African digital infrastructure.

Liquid Labs, the company’s innovation and partnership arm, has partnered with Africa Legal to develop a series of courses on legal technology. Liquid Labs believes that the power of technology will create a better and brighter future for everyone. For the legal community, technology has the potential to increase access to justice and legal services and create a more diverse and inclusive legal sector.

Lawyers and potential legal service professionals have had to adapt incredibly quickly over the last few years; we’d now like to help the legal community use legal tools more efficiently to realise their true potential.

This course is eligible for 1 CPD point from the United Kingdom CPD Standards Office, and may be applicable to individuals who are members of, or associated with, professional bodies.

This course includes:

  • 2 hours’ worth of learning with resources for additional study
  • Discussion forums – meet colleagues from around the world
  • Real-world case studies and scenarios – you will learn by example.
  • Option to save data – switch off the video and download or read the transcript.
  • Points towards continuous professional development
  • Completion certificate and CDP accreditation certificate
  • Self paced – access the course wherever and whenever it suits you

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    Who should take this course? 

    This course is aimed at junior lawyers, law students, business owners and risk- and compliance professionals in Africa.

    How long will it take me to complete the course?

    Once you are enrolled in the course, you can work through the content at your own pace. Feel free to access any part of the content at any time.
    The course should take you about one hour, not including optional activities, discussions and extra reading materials.

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