Hello and welcome to the Artificial Lawyer Legal Tech Education Guide.

The guide shows a range of educational options for those seeking to learn more about legal technology and/or to gain a recognised qualification in that area.

The courses below are listed as: short courses and post-graduate courses first, by region. There then follows a section that includes law or other undergraduate courses with a legal tech component. New courses are added regularly.

If you are an educational establishment and would like to include your course, or would like to know more about this Guide, please drop Artificial Lawyer a line: Richard@ArtificialLawyer.com


Graduate Level and Short Courses

North America

Cumberland School of Law at Samford University

Course title: Technology and the Practice of Law

Location: Birmingham, Alabama USA

Type of Course: Law school academic offering in the J.D. program

Length: The academic offering is a semester long program of 14 weeks meeting 1 hour each week

Description:  this course is primarily for law students that plan to go solo or practice law within a small firm as well as those that will practice in larger law firms. The information in general is beneficial to all law students. Students will leave at the end of the semester with a greater knowledge of how to promote themselves, use technology in a variety of ways, and be more prepared for the practice of law.

Subjects covered – apps, software/hardware, social media/marketing, security, and the obligation to be competent in technology.

Contact: glsimms@samford.edu

Suffolk University Law School

Course title:  Legal Innovation & Technology Certificate Program

Location: This program is fully online and offered by Suffolk University Law School, which is in Boston, MA, USA

Type of Course:  certificate program for legal professionals

Length: 6 courses that run for 10 weeks each.  The courses are offered at a rate of 2 per semester, and a student can complete the certificate in less than 1 year (or can take longer if they choose). Participation takes 2-5 hours per week, per class.   

Fee: The cost to take all six courses and obtain the certificate is $15,887.  If you do not plan to complete the certificate or are unsure if you will do so, you can simply pay for as many courses as you are interested in taking at this time. The price of the first course you take is $3,075, and each subsequent courses is discounted.

Description of Course:

The legal marketplace is rapidly evolving. That’s why Suffolk Law—a national leader in rethinking the delivery of legal services—is launching the online Legal Innovation & Technology Certificate program.

This program is designed for all legal professionals – not just attorneys.  Completing the certificate will also benefit paralegals, law librarians, and others who work in the profession.

The program consists of six courses, which you can take individually or as part of the overall six-course certificate.

Enhance your legal expertise by taking online courses in:

Contact: www.legaltechcertificate.com; the contact is the program’s faculty director: Prof. Gabe Teninbaum (gteninbaum@suffolk.edu)

Vanderbilt Law School

Course title: Legal Project Management

Location: Nashville, Tennessee USA

Type of Course: Law school academic offering in the J.D. program (and an Exec Ed offering in a non-academic workshop setting )

Length: The academic offering is a semester long program of 13 weeks meeting 2 hours each week (the Exec Ed offering is a 3 day workshop)

Fee: Both courses are priced at $3000 per student

Description: The course examines the economic and technological state of the legal industry today. As Artificial Intelligence, blockchain technology and cryptocurrency continues to emerge, the traditional legal service delivery model is no longer adequate to meet heightened client expectations. Lean and Agile methodologies begin with a mindset change for the legal professional. The first segment of the course teaches the basics of legal project management performed manually in Excel and related static technologies. The second segment introduces the technology applications that automate legal project management and enable legal services to be delivered better, faster and cheaper with greater profitability for outside counsel and price certainty for clients.

Both courses are certified to qualify the students (law students and Executive Education students) for the International Institute for Legal Project Management LPP and LPA certification. See: http://www.iilpm.com/

Contact: Larry.bridgesmith@law.vanderbilt.edu

David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo and Osgoode Hall Law School at York University

Course title:  Advanced Research Topics – Artificial Intelligence: Law, Ethics, and Policy offered conjointly with Legal Values:  Artificial Intelligence

Location:  David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo and Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, respectively (both in Ontario, Canada)

Type of Course: Joint graduate computer science and upper-class law school seminar

Length:  Full semester-length course

Description of Course:

This unique, multidisciplinary, cross-listed seminar brings together (through linked videoconference rooms at both locations) graduate students from the School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo, and law students from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, to explore cutting-edge legal, ethical, policy, and technical challenges implicated by the rise of artificial intelligence (“AI”), robotics, automation, and big data, in applications as diverse as autonomous vehicles, predictive policing and criminal law, sex robots, and lethal autonomous weapons.

Students in the course (i) learn about what is technically feasible today—and will likely be possible tomorrow; (ii) identify significant challenges that individuals and society are likely to face as a result of emerging technologies; and most importantly, (iii) explore and grapple with how the legal system and public policy is responding—or should respond in the future—to the issues presented by AI, robots, automation, and big data.

Main email contact: maura.grossman@uwaterloo.ca
Course Links:

https://cs.uwaterloo.ca/current-graduate-students/courses/current-course-offerings/fall-2018-course-offerings

and https://www.osgoode.yorku.ca/courses-and-seminars/legal-values-artificial-intelligence/

Europe

BPP 

Course title: Legal Practice Course (LPC), including Legal Technology Innovation and Design module

Location: Bristol, Birmingham, Cambridge, Leeds Whitehall Quay, London Holborn, London Waterloo, Manchester – UK.

Type of Course: Postgraduate

Length: 9 months or 24 months (Full time or Part time)

Fee: N/A

Description of Course

Legal technology is disrupting the delivery of legal services. So your legal training needs to stay one step ahead.

Developed in close collaboration with law firms, the Legal Technology Innovation and Design optional module will introduce you to the innovation and project management skills desired by legal recruiters:

  • Understanding legal technology, including AI, Blockchain, Big Data, and Automation
  • Develop project management skills and techniques
  • Learn skills to design technology that responds to problems
  • Engage in design thinking and process mapping vital in the legal workplace
  • Learn how to communicated innovation ideas with specialists, colleagues and clients

For more details visit:  https://www.bpp.com/courses/law/lpc-legal-practice-course

or contact: Admissions@BPP.com

Bucerius Law School – Germany

Course title: Intro to Computer Science
Type of Course: Class for LL.B. students (similar to J.D. track)
Description: Students are acquainted with basic concepts of computer science. After completing the class, they should have developed some computational thinking, i.e., the ability to translate real-world problems into a problem that can be solved with the help of a computer program.
Length: Trimester-long course, 8 weeks meeting 1.5 hrs each week, total of 60 hours of workload

Course title: Intro to Data Science
Type of Course: Class for LL.B. students (similar to J.D. track)
Description: In a blended learning format (instructional videos, online quizzes, and in-person instruction), students learn about the foundations of statistics and data science.
Length: Trimester-long course, 12 hours of video, 4.5 hours of seminars, 9 hours of homework, total of 60 hours of workload

Course title: Programming Languages for Lawyers
Type of Course: Class for LL.B. students (similar to J.D. track)
Description: Students learn programming in Python under tight supervision and apply it to basic legal problems.
Length: Workshop over two weekends, 24 contact hours, total of 60 hours of workload

Course title: Hands on Machine Learning in Law
Type of Course: Class for LL.B. students (similar to J.D. track)
Description: In this class, students from Bucerius cooperate with students from the University of Hamburg’s Computer Science department to develop a machine learning application in the legal domain.
Length: Intensive study project over the course of three weeks, total of 60 hours of workload

Course title: Bucerius Summer Program Legal Technology and Operations
Type of Course: Summer School
Fee: EUR 1900 (approx. $2050)
Description: In this immersive three-week program, students and young professionals learn about the changing landscape in the legal sector, with hands-on instruction by academics and professionals from North America and Europe. Dan Katz, Bill Henderson, David Cambria, Jae Um, Dan Linna, Margaret Hagan, Stephanie Corey, and others have been lecturers in the program.
URLbuceri.us/techsummer
Length: 60 contact hours, total of 180 hours of workload
Note: law is an undergraduate degree in Germany, but all these classes are open primarily to law students.
More information can be found here. Or contact: lauritz.gerlach@law-school.de 

LE JURISTE DE DEMAIN – France

Course title: Business of Law and Legaltech (Legaltech as an ecosystem)

Location: Online – Meetings in Paris – Lyon – Marseille – Rennes – Bordeaux

Type of Course: Online Course

Length: 8 months (198 hours)

Fee: N/A

Description:  As we all know the law industry is going through unprecedented upheavals. Law schools need to take a stand proposing programs that allow students to be prepared for tomorow’s legal practice.

That is why Le juriste de demain (a French blogger writing about the legal industry) decided to launch a Course project exclusively dedicated to the Business of law and Legaltech.

This program is designed for legal professionals, entrepreneurs, engineers and students who wish to envolve in the legal sector. It is about two things :

  • Understanding the Business of Law industry
  • Learning high value skills needed in the 21st century legal industry.

The program consists of five modules which you can take individually or as part of the overall five-modules certificate.

See the following five modules:

  • Structure, organization and regulation of the legal professions.

Objectives : Understand the legal and standardised environment in which legal professionals operate.

  • Entrepreneurship and business management of legal services.

Objectives: Understanding the foundations of legal structures, organizations, business models and operations, entrepreneurial analysis, strategy and management.

  • LegalTech, Digital Transformation and Artificial Intelligence.

Objectives: Understanding the LegalTech movement, why it has. become established and what needs it meets, understanding Digital Transformation and its impact on legal services, analysing the impact of AI in the legal industry and what it means for legal structures.

  • Delivery of legal services.

Objectives: Understanding how the Digital era is transforming the way legal services are delivered, analysing the disruption of the legal services market and studying new delivery channels/models, analysing the industrialization of the delivery of legal services and the significant role of the new entrants (ALSP).

  • Innovation, research and development in legal services.

Objectives: Being able to lead the thoughts in a field as broad as the business of law, mastering the innovation process in the legal industry, introducing new practices within the legal services, being able to do legal foresight, understanding the importance of making R&D a powerful tool for the development of a legal structure.

Please note that we are currently looking for professors willing to teach within the Course.

You can join us by applying here.

We are also looking for partnerships, helping us to grow and build the future of legal education in France and all around the world.

Contact: For more details visit : https://lejuristededemain.com/business-du-droit-et-legaltech/ or contact lejuristededemain@gmail.com

University of Helsinki School of Law

Course title: Dispute Resolution and Technology

Location: University of Helsinki School of Law, Finland

Type of course: Elective Bachelor’s and Master’s degree course

Length: 5 credits (135 hours of effort)

Fee: N/A

Description: Social interactions, trade and services are moving to the Internet. Online sales cause novel conflicts, which are increasingly resolved through algorithmic dispute resolution platforms. At the same time the courts are updated to answer the challenges of digitalisation. Society turns to technology in order to find new ways for dispute resolution, but what does this mean in practice?

The course will inspect the interactions between dispute resolution and technology by evaluating, primarily, the digitalisation of legal proceedings and online dispute resolution. The main questions revolve around digitalisation, privacy, due process and the wider legal implications of information technology.

Contact: www.legaltechlab.fi is our website on which we are keeping up to date info on our workshops and events (upcoming courses would fall in here), and info@legaltechlab.fi is the best place of inquiry.

University of Helsinki School of Law

Course title: Legal Design (Note: this is not strictly ‘tech’, but is closely related to the legal tech ecosystem.)

Location: University of Helsinki School of Law and Laurea

Type of course: Elective Bachelor’s and Master’s degree course

Length: 5 credits (135h of effort)

Fee: N/A

Description: Anyone with a background in legal studies knows how alien regulations, sections and directives look to the layperson. Everyone has agreed to terms and conditions without reading them, signed contracts riddled with legalese and gotten spooked by official letters full of government jargon. The complexity of legal writing alienates the layperson from the legal system, and in the worst case scenario erodes the trust in the system itself.

During the course students will grasp the basics of design thinking in an interdisciplinary setting. The course will introduce the students in the role of legal design in producing clear and understandable legal writing in the future.

Contact: www.legaltechlab.fi is our website on which we are keeping up to date info on our workshops and events (upcoming courses would fall in here), and info@legaltechlab.fi is the best place of inquiry.

IE Law School

Course title: Master in Legaltech

Location: Online – Madrid – Silicon Valley – Herzliya

Type of Course: Masters – Blended

Length: 10 months

Fee: 31,700 Euros

Description: The Master in Legaltech of IE Law School is a cutting-edge, global program designed to empower lawyers, entrepreneurs and professionals from diverse backgrounds, to explore and harness the power of technology in the sector.

The programme provides comprehensive academic and professional training in legal practice, as well as interdisciplinary analysis related to current developments in law and technology. The programme includes training in the areas of digital business, privacy regulation (EU & USA), disruptive technologies, big data, legalbots and machine learning; e-commerce, online dispute resolution, coding, blockchain, cybersecurity, entrepreneurship and startups.

Through this Masters, students will also gain crucial technical knowledge and learn innovative management methodologies and new business models.

The global experience provided by this programme will help participants build a powerful network, as it exposes them to a top-tier professional network and a global legaltech community by offering access to three elite and innovative ecosystems: IE Law School, IDL Radzyner Law School and Silicon Valley. More information on the syllabus and study plan here.

Contact: paula.heras@ie.edu

Swansea University School of Law

Course title: LLM in LegalTech

Location: Swansea University (Singleton Campus), Wales, UK

Type of Course: Postgraduate taught

Length: 1 year (full time)

Fee: £6,850 – UK/EU and £15,000 – International

Description: Swansea University’s School of Law is offering a brand new LLM in LegalTech from October 2018 – the first of its kind in the UK. This innovative postgraduate course will develop students into 21st century lawyers and legal service practitioners able to utilise technologies to drive innovation across the profession.

The master of laws course will look at how Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other technologies are shaping the future of the legal profession and equip students with new skills. Teaching will be broken down into two general areas: how AI can be applied to the law and how the law is applied to AI.

The LLM in LegalTech is aimed at law graduates and those currently practising at all levels within the legal profession. No prior knowledge or experience in coding or working with technology is needed, but legal knowledge is essential.

Contact: study@swansea.ac.uk

For more information see: https://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/law/llmlegaltech/

ALSO at Swansea – LegalTech Summer School 

Swansea University School of Law

Course title: LegalTech Summer School, 5-9 August, 2019

Location: Swansea University (Bay Campus), Wales, UK

Type of Course: Summer School

Length: 1 week (full time)

Description: The LTSS 2019 offers the opportunity to learn about the application of Artificial Intelligence concepts and technologies as they apply to law and legal services, which are driving dramatic change in LegalTech.

The LTSS 2019 will offer a range of introductory and advanced courses, taught by lecturers from industry and academia. In addition, prominent invited speakers and panel discussions will address the future of LegalTech. The programme will be relevant to legal professionals.

Further information about the application process and costs will be provided in due course. Note that places are limited and your expression of interest does not guarantee a place on the summer school.

For further information see:

https://ciel-swansea.info/2019/04/16/announcing-the-legaltech-summer-school-swansea-university-august-5-9-2019/

To express your interest and join our mailing list:

https://bit.ly/2Gip5kT

Contact: LTSS2019@swansea.ac.uk

Twitter: #LTSS2019

Tilburg University, Netherlands

[Note: not specifically a ‘legal tech’ course, but may have some overlapping aspects.]

Course title: LLM Law and Technology

Location: Tilburg University, The Netherlands, Tilburg.

Type of Course: LLM of 60 EC, including 2 obligatory courses, 10 electives and a master thesis (18 EC).

Obligatory courses: 

Fall semester (End of August – January)

Spring semester (End of January – June)

Electives:

Choose 5 electives from the following:

Fall semester (End of August – January)

Spring semester (End of January – June)

Length: 1 year

Description of Course:

Providing cutting-edge knowledge within the burgeoning field of technology regulation, Law and Technology gives answers to challenges of today’s technology-driven society. In addition to traditional legal doctrine, the program covers regulatory issues in the spheres of public, private, and criminal law, and such subjects as comparative law, jurisprudence, ethics, and public administration.

Main contact URL and email contact.

https://www.tilburguniversity.edu/education/masters-programmes/law-and-technology/program

Program Director: Dr. Colette Cuijpers / cuijpers@uvt.nl

The University of Law

Course title: MSc Legal Technology (https://www.law.ac.uk/postgraduate/msc-legal-technology/)

Location: Leeds, London Moorgate, Nottingham, Online

Type of Course: Postgraduate taught

Length: 1 year (full-time) all locations and modes; 2 years (part-time) online only

Fee: Location – £8,750 (UK/EEA) and £12,000 (International); online – £8,750 (UK/EEA/International)
Description: The MSc Legal Technology is an innovative, flexible programme designed for law and non-law graduates who would like to gain essential in-depth knowledge of Legal Technology. Whether you want to progress within your existing firm, have plans to create your own start up or simply want to know more about how technology is changing the legal landscape, this programme will provide you with the knowledge to help you achieve your ambitions.

The Award-Linked Module for this programme (Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain in Law) will consider how disruptive technologies are bringing about a fundamental shift in decision-making and shaping a new normal in legal practice operations. The module will look at the two key technologies facilitating this change: artificial intelligence and blockchain. This module will allow you to get hands-on with the technology, exploring how it works as well as the legal and regulatory issues its use presents.

Other modules available on this programme include: Cyberlaws (The Law of Data and Digital Assets); Technoethics in Law; The Internet of Things; and Corporate Governance and Disruptive Technology

Contact: study@law.ac.uk

For more information see: https://www.law.ac.uk/postgraduate/msc-legal-technology/

 The University of Law

Course title: Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) Legal Technology (https://www.law.ac.uk/postgraduate/diploma-legal-technology/)

Location: Leeds, London Moorgate, Nottingham, Online

Type of Course: Postgraduate taught

Length: 34 weeks (full-time) all locations and modes; 68 weeks (part-time) online only

Fee: Location – £5,850 (UK/EEA) and £8,050 (International); online – £5,850 (UK/EEA/International)

Description: The PG Dip Technology is an innovative, flexible programme designed for law and non-law graduates who would like to gain essential in-depth knowledge of Legal Technology without completing a full master’s programme. Whether you want to progress within your existing firm, have plans to create your own start up or simply want to know more about how technology is changing the legal landscape, these programmes will provide you with the knowledge to help you achieve your ambitions.

The PG Dip comprises 120 credits which breaks down into four taught modules. You are effectively completing the full taught component of our MSc without the dissertation.

The Award-Linked Module (Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain in Law) will consider how disruptive technologies are bringing about a fundamental shift in decision-making and shaping a new normal in legal practice operations. The module will look at the two key technologies facilitating this change: artificial intelligence and blockchain. This module will allow you to get hands-on with the technology, exploring how it works as well as the legal and regulatory issues its use presents.

Other modules available on this programme include: Cyberlaws (The Law of Data and Digital Assets); Technoethics in Law; The Internet of Things; and Corporate Governance and Disruptive Technology

Contact: study@law.ac.uk

For more information see: https://www.law.ac.uk/postgraduate/diploma-legal-technology/

The University of Law

Course title: Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) Legal Technology (https://www.law.ac.uk/postgraduate/diploma-legal-technology/)

Location: Leeds, London Moorgate, Nottingham, Online

Type of Course: Postgraduate taught

Length: 17 weeks (full-time) all locations and modes; 34 weeks (part-time) online only

Fee: Location – £2,950 (UK/EEA) and £4,050 (International); online – £2,950 (UK/EEA/International)

Description: The PG Cert Legal Technology is an innovative, flexible programmes designed for law and non-law graduates who would like to gain essential in-depth knowledge of Legal Technology without completing a full master’s programme. Whether you want to progress within your existing firm, have plans to create your own start up or simply want to know more about how technology is changing the legal landscape, these programmes will provide you with the knowledge to help you achieve your ambitions.

The PG Cert comprises 60 credits which breaks down into two taught modules. You are effectively completing one third of our full MSc programme.

The Award-Linked Module (Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain in Law) will consider how disruptive technologies are bringing about a fundamental shift in decision-making and shaping a new normal in legal practice operations. The module will look at the two key technologies facilitating this change: artificial intelligence and blockchain. This module will allow you to get hands-on with the technology, exploring how it works as well as the legal and regulatory issues its use presents.

Other modules available on this programme include: Cyberlaws (The Law of Data and Digital Assets); Technoethics in Law; The Internet of Things; and Corporate Governance and Disruptive Technology

Contact: study@law.ac.uk

For more information see: https://www.law.ac.uk/postgraduate/diploma-legal-technology/

Asia-Pacific

Law School of The University of Western Australia

Course title: Legal APPtitude

Location: Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Type of Course: Law school academic offering in the J.D. programme

Length: The academic offering is a semester long programme of 12 weeks meeting 3 hours each week

Fee: The course is funded through the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS)

Description: Many law firms are now seeking to leverage legal technologies to drive efficiencies in service delivery. In addition, legal technology has the potential to allow more people access to justice through online legal advice or dispute resolution fora. As a result, it is essential that junior lawyers are able to engage and collaborate with technology.

This unit will focus on legal technologies, specifically the creation of legal applications. In conceiving of the idea and developing the app, and working in small teams, students will be working with the legal profession (primarily in the not-for-profit sector)

Contact: kate.offer@uwa.edu.au

 


Undergraduate Courses With Legal Tech Modules

Europe

The University of Manchester School of Law 

Course/Module Title: ‘LegalTech and Access to Justice’ – Part of Undergraduate Course, for final year law students.

Location: The University of Manchester School of Law, Manchester, UK

Length: 12 weeks.

Fee: N/A.

Description: The emergence of LegalTech is one of the most significant trends in the legal services sector for decades. This project-based course aims to provide an academic and practical introduction to LegalTech. Student teams are assigned to non-profit clients, and work together under supervision on a project to build an app to solve a real-world ‘access to justice’ problem identified by their client.

The apps are built using the Neota Logic software development platform. Weekly seminars will explore the access to justice crisis, how digital tools can help to address it, and how to design these tools using the Neota platform. The seminar classes are supported by weekly homework assignments.

The course will end with a competition in which student teams present their apps to a panel of judges. The winners are selected based on criteria including effectiveness and creativity. After the course, the apps are deployed to leverage the students’ work to address real-world legal and/or justice challenges over and over again on behalf of the non-profit clients.

Contact: Jenna Maddox – Undergraduate Admissions Administrator
por, Amy Colasurdo – Undergraduate Admissions Administrator

Tel: 44 (0) 161 306 1271
Email: ug-law@manchester.ac.uk

The University of Law

Course title: LLB (Hons) Law with Legal Innovation and Technology (https://www.law.ac.uk/undergraduate/llb/law-with-technology/)

Location: Leeds, London Bloomsbury, Nottingham

Type of Course: Undergraduate taught

Length: 3 years (full time) / 4 years (with foundation programme)

Fee: (per year) £9,250 – UK/EU and £13,500 – International

Description: Our LLB (Hons) with Legal Innovation and Technology is a qualifying law degree. It is aimed at students who wish to pursue a career in the legal or wider commercial sector and who have an interest in 21st century legal practice.

In addition to studying key legal topics, you will also study modules on Legal Innovation and Legal Technology. The course covers area of law such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, marketing, business psychology, and process analysis.

As with all our LLBs, this programme has a practical focus with the skills you need for your career embedded into the course. There is a high level of face-to-face tuition, with experienced tutors, over 90% of whom are lawyers.

ULaw offers excellent employability outcomes for students; 92% of our full-time UK LLB students graduating in 2017 secured employment or further study within six months of successfully completing their course.

Contact: study@law.ac.uk

For more information see: https://www.law.ac.uk/undergraduate/llb/law-with-technology/

Westminster Law School

Course title: A new core module to the second year cohort of our 3 year LLB (Hons) degree, called 21st Century Law

Location: Little Titchfield St, Fitzrovia, building, London.

Type of Course/Module – It’s a 20 credit undergraduate module, that’s taken as part of a 360 credit degree, and is one semester long. Students then have to do other core modules – and can choose from a range of options to make up the other 340 credits. Hence, its not a stand alone component.

Description: it’s a new module that I am currently designing for September 2018 wherein I’ll focus on the changing nature of legal practice over the last 1-2 decades to a diverse customer/service provider paradigm, what has driven this, especially in terms of policy and process innovation and LawTech, and the soft and hard practical legal skills, including entrepreneurship and technology, that students will need to succeed.

Contact: Marc Mason, M.Mason@westminster.ac.uk

Asia-Pacific

University of New South Wales

Course title: Designing Technology Solutions for Access to Justice

DTS4A2J is an undergraduate/JD course

Location: UNSW Sydney

Type of Course: Undergraduate/JD elective

Length: One term

Fee: Standard program fees

Description of Course: This course teaches students how to design legal information systems, integrating expert systems, hypertext, text retrieval and other technologies, for use in generating legal documents from precedents and assisting users to navigate solutions to legal problems. After learning the necessary skills, students will work in small groups, in partnership with a not-for-profit centre or organisation, to design and build a legal information system.

In class, students will also be exposed to a variety of examples of automation of legal tasks, and the various legal and practical issues associated with their use, including issues of professional regulation. This will include guest lectures from those working on legal expert systems and related technologies. Students will also become familiar with theoretical approaches to legal information systems development, and the range of technologies and approaches that may contribute to applications development. This course does not require students to have any pre-existing skills or experience in expert systems or computer programming – the course itself includes instruction on how to use expert system software. This course is sponsored by Gilbert and Tobin.

 Main contact URL and email contact. http://www.law.unsw.edu.au/form/Designing_Technology_Solutions_for_Access_to_Justice

lyria@unsw.edu.au