Future of Law

The Future of Law Lab provides a platform for students, academics, lawyers, and other professionals to participate in collaborative initiatives that explore the intersection of law, innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship. The Lab is a hub of interdisciplinary inquiry and activity, providing initiatives and information about the changing face of the law and legal profession.


The Future of Law Lab’s activities will focus on five key themes:

1.     The Legal Industry

How will the profession change amid new developments in law, policy, regulation, business models, delivery methods, partnerships, and global competition? How will law firms be structured? What will the profession look like and which skills will lawyers need to thrive in the future? 

2.     Legal Technologies

How will technology affect the lives of citizens and how will the legal system need to respond? How will technology affect the way laws are made and how they are understood by citizens? How will technology change the legal profession and the way legal services are delivered?

3.     Innovation

How will legal processes evolve in the coming years? How can we best develop laws and technologies that will benefit society? How can we cultivate a spirit of innovation in law students today? 

4.     Entrepreneurship

What do entrepreneurs need to know about the law to set themselves up for success? How will legal policy influence entrepreneurial ventures? How can we encourage creativity and experimentation among law students? 

5.     Access to Justice

Can we redesign the justice system to better suit the needs of Canadians? 


The Future of Law Lab spotlights courses, faculty research, and student opportunities at the Faculty of Law related to law, technology, and innovation. The Lab also provides initiatives ranging from speaker series, hack-a-thons, workshops, summer internship opportunities, and more.

Past Events: 

  • February 4th, 2021 - Speaker Series: "The Rise of Online Dispute Resolution in Canada" with Shannon Salter, Chair, Civil Resolution Tribunal - View Slides
  • February 10th, 2021 - "A Glimpse of the Future" - The Launch of the Future of Law Lab and Investor Protection Clinic - View Recording
  • February 25th, 2021 - "Developing an Innovator's Mindset" with Juda Strawczynski, Director, PracticePRO - View Recording, View Slides
  • Friday, March 5th - "Legal Design Lab in an Afternoon" with Dan Ryan, Professor, University of Toronto
  • March 30th, 2021 - "Big Tech Wars: What Lies Ahead", co-hosted with Torys
  • September 22nd, 2021 - "We Are All Climate Lawyers Now: How Climate Change is Influencing The Law" with Laura Zizzo, Founder, Manifest Climate
  • Tuesday, October 13th - "Machine Learning: What is It and How is it Used in Law?" with Noah Waisberg, CEO of Zuva AI
  • October 29th, 2021 - "Case Simulation: Privacy Breach" with Dina Lee Maxwell, Senior Legal Counsel, Privacy Lead at PWC Canada
  • November 10th, 2021 - "How to Collaborate with the Business Team: Tips for Succeeding In-House and when Advising Organizations" with Ciaran McGovern and Andrew Walker, Axiom
  • November 19th, 2021 - "Case Simulation: Crowdfunding & IPO" with Mat Goldstein, CSO & Co-Founder of Dealmaker




If you would like to learn more, please contact us:

Josh Morrison, Director

Future of Law Lab
Faculty of Law
78 Queen’s Park
Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2C5
Email: josh.morrison@utoronto.ca