Northern Kentucky U. to launch immersion program in business and technology

The Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law will launch an honors immersion program in fall 2014.

The W. Bruce Lunsford Academy for Law, Business + Technology is designed to develop "Renaissance Lawyers" for the Information Age. It will focus on legal technology, business, finance, leadership and other skills critical to the future of the practice of law.

The schools plans to offer a technology-focused, skills-based curriculum to help students acquire the fundamental skills that will make them more productive for clients, more attractive to employers, and better prepared to practice law upon graduation.

Many of the courses developed for the honors program will be available for other students enrolled at Chase College of Law. Students are also encouraged to expand their skills training with full-time field placements.

"This program will become an integral part of our curriculum and will provide Chase students with a dynamic environment in which to learn the skills they need to succeed in a technology-driven world," said Chase Dean Jeffrey A. Standen.

The Lunsford Academy curriculum combines quantitative analysis and research, high-level legal analysis, and best business practices to manage the constant change at the heart of modern legal practice.

The E-Lawyering Task Force of the ABA's Law Practice Management Section recently named Chase as one of "13 Top Law Schools Teaching Law Practice Technology." Other schools include Columbia University, Georgetown Law, New York Law School, University of Miami and Suffolk University.

Lunsford is a 1974 Chase graduate and CEO of Lunsford Capital, LLC, a private investment company. He has given a ten-year, $1 million commitment to the program.

In addition to taking the program's required and elective law and informatics courses, students will also be able to earn one of three joint degrees. Chase partners with the NKU College of Informatics to offer a Juris Doctor/Master of Business Informatics and a Juris Doctor/Master of Health Informatics, and with the NKU Haile/US Bank College of Business to offer a Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration.