The Lunsford Academy recognizes that the modern lawyer needs a basic understanding of the tools and language of business. Entrepreneurs, business leaders, clients, and professional colleagues all use a common set of disciplines and tools to share information, evaluate risk, and make financial decisions.
The Lunsford Academy provides students with competence in finance, accounting, and statistics so they can better understand the needs of their clients, make strategic decisions for their own businesses, and play a role in their clients’ financial decisions.
New lawyers are facing a changing legal marketplace. Traditional paths to practice are narrowing, competitive forces on the profession are increasing, and clients are demanding new types of services and service experiences.
The Lunsford Academy trains students in creative design and problem solving for their law practices. In addition, students also develop skills that allow them to fashion creative legal solutions for their clients’ businesses. In the Lunsford Academy, students develop the foundational skills for becoming business-competent lawyers and business leaders.
Business clients need attorneys who can advise them on maximizing their ability to generate revenue from their intellectual property.
The Lunsford Academy provides students with the skills necessary to identify strategies for effective drafting and negotiation of intellectual property licenses.
The modern legal practice requires a high-level of proficiency with technology. Attorneys without these skills generate additional costs for law firms and clients.
The Lunsford Academy instructs students in the efficient use of standard office technology in the practice of law and introduces them to legal technology products designed specifically for attorneys as well as the products that compete with lawyers.
In the Lunsford Academy, students also develop a legal app. Through this project, they gain a deeper understanding of the legal and technological issues relevant to developing software products and they learn how to articulate their legal knowledge to non-experts.
The Lunsford Academy is the first law school curriculum in the United States to create a new type of professional program by integrating legal education with technology and business expertise. Participants will take specialized courses that emphasize legal technology, business, finance, and leadership skills which will be crucial to survive in tomorrow’s legal practice and industry leadership.
By completing the honors curriculum, students will have a diverse knowledge of and advanced training in several professional fields that overlap with law. These multi-faceted law students will be prepared to succeed in the fast-changing; technology-driven legal profession and will be viewed as Renaissance Lawyers for the Information Age.