Irèna Wasserfall and James Leach, connected by their association with the University of Cape Town (UCT), have joined Africa Legal to head the digital learning platform - Africa Legal Learn. In this podcast, Tom Pearson chats to his new colleagues on why studying online makes business sense and what is on offer.
Ask most people in the legal community and they will tell you they don’t have time to sit through a live webinar or visit a university campus and engage in in-person training. With that in mind, Irèna Wasserfall, Director of Operations, and James Leach, Chief Learning Officer at Africa Legal Learn, have designed a suite of legal courses that are not only relevant and impactful but provide an immersive learning experience.
Digital learning, as Irèna points out in this podcast conversation with Tom, allows for more engagement through the resources available allowing more retention of information over a shorter period of time.
“What you have is a product that you can access online at any time and engage with, wherever you are in the world, and that is fantastic”.
But, what sets these Africa Legal Learn courses apart from other online law courses?
James says it is being able to leverage members' expertise and experience to ensure that the case studies are as up-to-date and real-world specific as possible, and that learning outcomes are designed for the specific needs of the modern African lawyer.
“Our case studies and immersive experiences are designed not only for our African audience but in consultation with leading practitioners on the continent. Aligned with that, we are mindful of developing courses for our community that will future-proof them, as lawyers,” he says.
With a combination of academic and practical learning, from subject matter experts (as they are called in learning circles), the sessions range from one to two hours long, making them accessible for practitioners and easy to absorb.
The courses currently available focus on governance: Practical Corporate Governance for the Modern African lawyer; Information Governance for the Modern African Lawyer; and Sustainability and Stakeholder Engagement.
Courses that will be available soon include a suite of courses focused on Project Management for Lawyers; Law and Technology, and another for entrepreneurs which focuses on what they need to know when facilitating their first discussions with the legal partners in order to grow their business.
Others in the pipeline are courses on Crypto Assets, Corporate Financing, Climate Law, Oil and Gas Law, and Alternate Dispute Resolution.
James said they are also looking at providing management and leadership based courses as well as legal writing.
While the offering at Africa Legal Learn is growing Irena and James would like to know what courses you would be interested in taking. To have your say complete this short 3 question survey
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