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31 Legal Educ. Rev. 1 (2021)

handle is hein.journals/legedr31 and id is 1 raw text is: INTEGRATING TECHNOLOGY TO
INCREASE GRADUATE EMPLOYABILITY
SKILLS: A BLOCKCHAIN CASE STUDY IN
PROPERTY LAW TEACHING
FRANCINA CANTATORE,* KATE GALLOWAY,+
LOUISE PARSONS^
I    INTRODUCTION
Looking at the headlines in the professional literature of the legal
profession-The Australian's Legal Affairs page, or Lawyers Weekly,
as two examples-one would think that the legal profession has
embraced new technologies across the board. While there is still talk of
innovators, and discussion about 'new law' and new modes of practice,
the tenor of such writing delivers a clear message that the legal
profession operates in lockstep with the burgeoning of technologies in
all other aspects of life.
The reality, however, is far closer to the patchy uptake of innovation
that is inevitable in a paradigm shift. Kuhn himself observes about
science that:
[T]he first received paradigm is usually felt to account quite successfully
for most of the observations.. easily accessible to that [profession's]
practitioners. Further development... ordinarily calls for the construction of
elaborate equipment, the development of an esoteric vocabulary and skills,
and a refinement of concepts that increasingly lessens their resemblance to
their usual common -sense prototypes. That professionalisation leads, on
the one hand, to an immense restriction of the scientist's vision and to a
considerable resistance to paradigm change.1
Applied to the legal profession, the uptake by some-including to
quite a sophisticated degree-of new technologies to reshape both the
practice and the business of law demands a new language to describe
* Associate Professor, Bond University Faculty of Law, ORCID 0000-0003-4643-
6654.
Associate Professor, Griffith Law School, ORCID 0000-0002-8047-1210.
Associate Professor, Bond University Faculty of Law, ORCID 0000-0002-8522-
1405.
Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (University of Chicago Press,
2012) 64. The uneven uptake is bome out, for example, in media reports. See Emma
Ryan, 'Digital Adoption and the Shake-up of Legal Practice' Lawyers Weekly
(online, 10 November 2019) <https://www.lawyersweekly.com.au/biglaw/26878-
digital-adoption-and-the-shake-up-of-legal-practice>.

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