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Northeastern’s NuLawLab Creates Scores of Legal Jobs

NuLawLab Creating Jobs

The Northeastern University School of Law’s innovative research facility, NuLawLab, announced Tuesday that revolutionary design-thought technology has yielded significant advances and created thousands of jobs — or what it calls NuJobs — for new attorneys.

“The NuLawLab applies a variety of structured creative processes to bring together solutions that are desirable from a human point of view with what is technologically feasible and economically viable,” said Luke Bierman, NUSL’s outgoing Associate Dean of Experiential Education. “So, using our innovative design thinking, we intuited that the students at NUSL, from their point of view as humans, desired post-graduate employment.”

NuLawLab Creating Jobs

An NuLawLab technician demonstrates how the program uses design thinking to create NuJobs.


What long proved an insurmountable challenge for the NuLawLab was developing a means of employing NUSL students in a manner both technologically feasible and economically viable.

“We designed some thoughts on that, and we thought some designs,” Bierman said. “And that’s when we pushed the boundaries of design thinking to ‘Design Building.’ We built the designs we thought right inside my mind.”

Indeed, in a report issued Tuesday to the American Bar Association and the US Department of Labor, NuLawLab outlined how it intends to host thousands of NuJobs in Associate Dean Bierman’s mind.

“With the future of the legal industry moving into the cloud, we concluded through a series of Design Thinking experiments that human labor should follow commerce in that direction,” the report says. “Carrying out this conclusion to its natural end, we constructed a cloud inside the mind of Associate Dean Luke Bierman. In Bierman’s Head Cloud, Northeastern Law graduates immediately enter fulfilling, rewarding and well-paying jobs as soon as they receive their JDs. It’s truly extraordinary what is happening in this man’s head.”

NUSL Associate Dean Luke Bierman showing off the places where he does his best work — his mind and his white board.

NUSL Associate Dean Luke Bierman showing off the places where he does his best work — his mind and his white board.

The report goes on to outline a pseudo-digital currency that NuLawLab has innovated to compensate attorneys employed in NuJobs.

“This is where design thinking really showed us something,” Bierman said. “What we’ve design-thought here is a virtual currency, akin to Bitcoin, but far more advanced, because it will only ever exist in the minds of the people who trade in it.”

NuLawLab’s NuJobs revelation follows more good news for NUSL. The law school recently announced its latest ABA-mandated employment statistics, and, according to Bierman, the school had within nine months of graduation placed 324 out of 203 graduates from the Class of 2013 in full-time, long-term legal jobs. The data further shows that 714 of those students found employment with a former co-op employer.

Of course, current NUSL students were overjoyed Tuesday with the revelation that jobs existing only in Associate Dean Bierman’s head would alleviate their fears about grueling job searches and overbearing student loans.

“Wow, I have to say, I totally underestimated that LawLab thing,” said second-year NUSL student Christina Andersen. “It always seemed to me that it was just like a jargon machine, where some guy sat in a room curating stories about other schools’ innovations and a web site that parroted back buzzwords from TED Talks and 99% Invisible. Clearly, I was way off.”

NUSL Dean Jeremy Paul commended the NuLawLab on its breakthrough, saying he was envious of Elon University, the law school powerhouse that managed to snag Associate Dean Bierman away from Boston. Dean Paul said he intended to ask Associate Dean Bierman to think-design him “a new suit of clothes that is invisible to those unfit for their positions, stupid, or incompetent,” before he left for North Carolina.

Dave Brown is a Boston Business Lawyer and founding partner of Boston MicroLaw, LLP. As a 2012 graduate of NUSL, he too is in awe of the cloud in Luke Bierman’s head.