Osgoode Professional Development is helping lawyers get ahead of blockchain

Osgoode Professional Development is helping lawyers get ahead of blockchain

While the legal industry has traditionally been slow to embrace disruptive technology, a recently launched program at Osgoode Professional Development, part of Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, has the ambitious goal of creating a new generation of blockchain-savvy lawyers and executives. “There’s this hunger to understand and implement new use cases.”
– Amy ter Haar, director, Osgoode Professional Development Now in its second year, the Osgoode Certificate in Blockchains, Smart Contracts and the Law offers a crash course in practical and experiential learning for executives and lawyers who don’t have a technical background. The goal is twofold: help participants learn how to incorporate blockchain technology into their practice to be more efficient, and integrate blockchain cases into business strategy, including how to build a smart legal agreement (aka ‘smart contract’) with Peter Hunn, founder Clause.io.

The program is run by directors Amy ter Haar, founder of Global Blockchain Consultants, Creative Destruction Lab associate, board member of Blockchain Canada, and Globalive advisor; and Aaron Grinhaus of Grinhaus Law Firm, a tax lawyer and author of ‘A Practical Guide to Smart Contracts & Blockchain Law’, Canada’s first legal textbook.

“The real objective is to provide the solid grounding, legal structure, and fundamental principles that are essential foundations in this rapidly evolving area,” said ter Haar. “There’s this hunger to understand and implement new use cases.”

The program is run in two modules, which include three online primers and the textbook ‘A Practical Guide to Smart Contracts & Blockchain Law’. Participants can expect to […]