A SUMMER PROGRAM for tech-savvy students
May 31 – June 16, 2016
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.
Every day, legal professionals use technology-enabled tools for discovery, litigation support, document assembly and information needs. Governments engage citizen participation through apps and software. And nonprofit organizations inspire people through apps designed to create grassroots efforts for change. Yet, while the legal technology field has taken flight, legal experts, government officials, activists and policymakers are not often found working with computer programmers. The
Center for Legal Innovation at Vermont Law School seeks ways to change that dynamic by creating a space where legal and technical minds work together to invent innovative software and apps. Our hackathon course focuses student learning through an intensive hands-on environment where the law, business and technology skills come together to create legally relevant solutions to social justice and access to justice challenges.
Learn by doing.
LegalTech Hacktivists gain:
- Access to leaders in the field
- Immersive experience focused on creating a portfolio product
- Broad exposure to basic legal concepts
- Exposure to areas where technology is changing government and legal practice
- Experience translating legal, legislative or policy processes into software
- Experience developing a product in a team environment
- Experience pitching a product
- Course credit*
*Check with your home institution regarding transfer of credits.
Application Building for Law and Policy
The initial week of this course will cover an introduction to law and the legal system. Technology presents an opportunity to disrupt the traditional processes of the legal system and governance. In order for students to use technology to impact an area of law, students must have a solid understanding of its logic and process flows. This course will teach students how to conduct legal research and analyze legal processes through an introduction to transactional law, administrative law, public law, cyber-criminal law and computational law. Current law students may waive the first week.
During the second and third weeks of the course, law and computer science students will work together in groups to produce an application or software solution to a legal challenge and pitch that solution to a panel of experts. Students will meet with stakeholders in state government, the judiciary and nonprofit organizations to discover areas where technology could be used to create efficiency or overcome a legal or policy challenge. Working in groups, students will define the legal process or legal issue creating the challenge and build a software-based or an application-based solution prototype. Student groups will make reasonable efforts to scope the solution in such a way that the prototype may be realized as an application or software program by the completion of the course. On the last afternoon of the course, students will pitch their solution to a group of industry experts that will include project stakeholders.
Student work during the two weeks of dedicated application build time will be intensive. JD students should not plan to take another course during the boot camp as frequent outside work during business hours will be required during this course.
On Campus Course: Application Building for Law and Policy (3 credits) = $5,500 (May 31 - June 16, 2016)
- Optional Online Course: Introduction to Law and Policy (3 credits) = $2,500 (May 9 - 27, 2016)
On campus course costs include tuition, room and board. Contact your school's financial aid office about available aid for this program. Limited scholarships are available.
Priority Deadline: March 15, 2016
Final Deadline: May 1, 2016