Legal Innovation Courses

Everyday legal professionals use technology-enabled tools for discovery, litigation support, document assembly and information needs. With this growing reliance on technology in the law profession, the Center for Legal Innovation currently offers a selection of courses in eLawyering. The center is adding courses in cyberlaw, cybersecurity, application building for law and policy, and virtual practice soon.

7901/Criminal Topics

Classes offered under this designation explore special areas of interest, including newly developing areas of law, or specialties of visiting faculty and fellows. Students should consult registration information specific information on classes presented under this title.

6238/Digital Drafting

Focuses on how new technologies affect legal drafting, and surveys the historical background of law and technology; the logical basis for such legal documents as contracts, wills, statutes and regulations; and the theory of embedding law in code. The course  also considers the secondary effects on law, lawyering and the legal profession likely to arise from the digitization of many legal tasks. In addition to the reading and class discussions, students will learn basic programming techniques and will undertake drafting projects.

6363/eLawyering: Automated Systems

Covers the theories of legal document and advice automation as well as the practical side of implementing such systems. Areas of focus for the course include: document automation, expert systems, logical construction and XML contracting.

6361/eLawyering: eDiscovery and Big Data

Litigation often involves the collection, production, management and analysis of electronically store information (ESI). An enormous amount of data (Big Data) exists that may help make a case or predict the outcomes of approaches and legal rulings.  This course considers the legal and operational issues associated with managing electronic information.

6362/eLawyering: Practice Management

Legal practices are using practice management and litigation software.  Courts have also moved in the direction of efiling and calendaring.  Students will gain the theoretical and practical background to understand these changes and to positively impact their employer’s responses to such change.  Students will use matter management software, prepare e-filings and use technology to strengthen and present a closing argument.

6364/eLawyering: Virtual Practice

Dscusses the issues and opportunities presented by a virtual law practice while teaching students the skills and tools necessary to set-up a virtual law office.  Students will set-up a mock virtual law office as part of the course.

6360/Introduction to eLawyering

Focuses on how new technologies affect legal drafting, and surveys the historical background of law and technology; the logical basis for such legal documents as contracts, wills, statutes and regulations; and the theory of embedding law in code. The course also considers the secondary effects on law, lawyering and the legal profession likely to arise from the digitization of many legal tasks. In addition to the reading and class discussions, students will create a demonstrative virtual law practice and undertake drafting projects.