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23 January 2012

The town of St Gallen, just off Lake Constance in the east of Switzerland, is best known for its picturesque old streets and world heritage abbey. It also has one of the best management schools in Europe, rivalling the likes of the London Business School and Insead, and its university is home to a successful international annual student-run business symposium. Last weekend it was also host to an unusual initiative: the so-called KickOff session of this year’s Law Without Walls.

Set up a few years ago under the impetus of former Baker & Mackenzie US senior partner Peter Lederer and Miami University, LWOW describes itself as a “part-virtual, collaborative academic model” bringing together students, universities, lawyers and business people “to innovate legal education and practice”.

It sounds a bit worthy and shapeless. “Our goal is to jointly develop creative solutions to real problems in the way law is taught and practised,” the project’s website says. I...

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