​​​​​​Through technology and the direct application of legal skills, we are educating the next generation of lawyers.

Center for Legal InnovationVermont Law School has a tradition of being at the leading edge of legal education. It has seen once avant-garde initiatives, such as our general practice and semester-in-practice programs, legal clinics and international programs, become models for widespread adoption. The Center for Legal Innovation builds on this history, with a focus on the current challenges for effective and affordable education for the lawyers of the 21st century. 

New challenges mean new approaches, many of which involve technology.

The Center for Legal Innovation is dedicated to helping create a future where innovation and entrepreneurial energy redefine legal education, the practice of law, and law itself. Through the collaborative efforts of faculty, students, practitioners and industry experts, our current projects include researching ways to standardize contracts, transform legal education through distance learning, and create transparency in financial transactions. We provide both a scholarly and practical environment for an exploration of what law is and a platform to influence what law will be.​


a summer program for tech-savvy students
Our LegalTech Hacktivist Boot Camp​ summer program provides technology-proficient​ undergraduates and law students interested in legal technology an opportunity to work together to build apps for law and policy—to create innovative technology-driven solutions.​​​ Learn more.

CLI Resources

“Evidence Challenge Creator Discusses New Game” by Jeannette Eicks 

"Evidence Challenge," a LexisNexis Legal Educational Game by Jeannette Eicks​

“GameOn! Educational Games for Law Students,” a presentation by Jeannette Eicks ​

Law Professor’s Blog by Jeannette Eicks and Oliver Goodenough ​

"Digital Drafting" with Oliver Goodenough and Jeannette Eicks ​

"Educating the Digital Lawyer​" Jan. 2012, edited by Oliver Goodenough and Marc Lauritsen

​​"Reimagining Legal Education," Huffington PostSept. 5, 2012​, by Oliver Goodenough and Rebecca Purdom

"Developing an E-Curriculum: Reflections on the Future of Legal Education and on the Importance of Digital Expertise"​ by Oliver Goodenough  ​

"OliverGoodenough on Creating a Law School e-Curriculum," August 7, 2013​

“Who's Eating Law Firms' Lunch?”​ ABA Journal article featuring Oliver Goodenough and VLS alumnus Kevin Colangelo '14

"MakingLegal Technology a Practice not a Cost Center,"​ Oliver Goodenough Guest Comment, ​LEGALIT INSIDER, March 18, 2014 ​

"The Message From Harvard-​'New Law' Is Replacing 'Biglaw' How Will The Profession Respond?", Career Files, Above the Law, March 13, 2014​ ​​​​

"CreativeCorner: Meet the brave new world of governance,"​ Burlington Free Press, Feb. 13, 2014​​​​

"​14 Reasons Law Schools Must Teach Tech,"​ Michael Fitzgerald, Information Week, July 10, 2013​

“The Law and ICTs: How Legal Infrastructure Can Support Economic Growth,” Convegno "Il diritto e le tecnologie di avanguardia,” talk by Oliver Goodenough, Milan, Jan. 15, 2013​