Law and Innovation Lab |
The Law & Innovation Lab will introduce a cohort of law students to the landscape of innovation and technology in the legal industry. It will provide students the opportunity to gain direct experience at the forefront of legal technology by working to bridge the access to justice gap and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of law practice. Students will engage in the hands-on development of targeted expert systems, chatbots and document automation tools. These applications will address real world legal problems identified in partnership with local legal services organizations and law firms. Framed around the product development cycle, the class will begin with a deep dive into design thinking, engaging in discovery and synthesis around the identified problem. Students will then design, prototype, test, improve and refine their digital solutions to the problem. The class will also plan a comprehensive go-to-market strategy to deploy their app into the hands of those who need it most, addressing possible barriers to adoption and community concerns. The class will also discuss, more broadly, ways to encourage the legal profession to embrace product and process innovations to scale scarce resources. The classroom experience will involve presentations by and discussions with practitioners from across disciplines (legal services, social services, technology, product development, design, and more), along with a heavy dose of joint problem-solving exercises and chat bot, expert system and document automation development. No prior experience with coding or software development is necessary just a willingness to think differently, work through detailed directions and engage in creative problem-solving.
Credit Hours: 6
ULW: This course does not satisfy the Upper Level Writing requirement (ULW)