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In the emerging legal landscape, technology and an innovative team structure are integral parts of an efficient legal function. We talk to Bjarne Tellmann, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Pearson Plc, about the new skills lawyers need to succeed and the impact of technology on service delivery.
I have a somewhat unconventional background for a general counsel. I started out as an actor in Norway, where I did some film work in the 80s. In the mid-80s I began taking a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Boston University’s School for the Arts, majoring in theatre, but half way through I added political science. Over time, I became more and more infatuated with politics and economics and eventually dropped theatre altogether. After graduating, I did a master’s degree in International Relations at the LSE. I then returned to the US to figure out what I wanted to do. After a gap year in which I watched a lot of LA Law, I decided to apply to law school. I took my Juris Doctor at the University of Chicago where I fell in love with the law from day one, as it joined up my interests in economics, politics and human nature.
I graduated from Chicago in 1995,
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