• Your compass for navigating innovation

    in the law.


  • The legal landscape is changing. Radically and rapidly. Are you prepared to navigate the uncharted territory the legal profession faces? Do you have practical tools in your toolbox to embrace and enact change that creates value in this new landscape?


    For many, the answer to these questions is a resounding NO.

    To help legal professionals get to YES, we introduce the PoLI Institute at Vanderbilt Law: an immersive educational experience with a focused mission to serve as a compass for navigating legal innovation, teaching both the theory and practical skills required to thrive in the evolving legal landscape.


    The PoLI Institute represents a natural evolution of Vanderbilt Law's Program on Law and Innovation (PoLI), launched in 2015 under the leadership and vision of Dean Chris Guthrie. PoLI's mission is to equip Vanderbilt students with the modern skills and tools to navigate an ever-rapidly changing legal landscape — and position them to lead this change.


    With the PoLI Institute, we're expanding the scope of the PoLI curriculum and bringing it to practicing legal professionals.


    The Institute offers highly interactive Immersions, in-person experiences in which small cohorts learn from PoLI faculty and multi-disciplinary facilitators and each other, through deep dives into a modern legal innovation curriculum.


    Open to all legal professionals — not limited to JDs or licensed attorneys — the Institute’s Immersions are designed to deliver timely, highly relevant content based on best practices in innovation across industries, delivered using pedagogical best practices.


    In plain English: We focus on what we know works, we teach by showing, you learn by doing — including ongoing support on the legal innovation journey via the PoLI Forum.

  • The PoLI Institute Curriculum: Immersions

    We're developing a rigorous series of Immersion courses designed to empower legal professionals to successfully navigate the most dynamic aspects of innovation in legal services delivery and practice.


    The initial curriculum consists of seven different Immersion offerings, each hosted over a weekend at the Wond'ry, Vanderbilt University's state-of-the-art innovation space. Full curriculum content of 8 to 10 Immersion courses is currently in design and will be the result of collaboration across the legal landscape and other disciplines. As we finalize individual Immersion content and open courses for registration, we will share this information on the Attend the Institute page.


    Attend any six Immersion courses and earn a Certificate in Law and Innovation from Vanderbilt Law. Visit the Certificate page to learn more.

  • Attend the PoLI Institute

    Open for registration: Legal Project Management 2.0 Immersion

    February 2 - 3, 2019 :: The Wond'ry at Vanderbilt University


    Grounded in the Legal Project Management Competency Framework (LPMCF), an international standard developed through research and in collaboration with practicing legal project management professionals by the International Institute for Legal Project Management (IILPM), the Legal Project Management 2.0 Immersion provides an interactive introduction to the key competencies for a Legal Project Associate certification by the IILPM. As importantly, the PoLI facilitation team will focus on the practical application of LPM tools in various legal settings, including how to get the buy-in and support required for successful LPM integration into your organization's culture.


    To learn more and register, visit the Attend the Institute page. Registration is limited to a cohort of 16 students and will close on January 25, 2019.

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