LAW-2998 Coding the Law: An Introduction to the Technology of Practice

Prof. Gabriel H. Teninbaum, Mr. Marc Lauritsen,

2 credits day; 2 credits evening.


Students using this course to fulfill the experiential learning requirement may not also use this same course to meet the legal writing requirement.


Automated systems are used by law firms, corporate legal departments, legal services organizations, courts, and self-helpers. They can operate as power tools for skilled practitioners, and as lawyer substitutes for consumers and business people.

This hands-on course will introduce the field of legal practice automation. Students will learn how to create 'expert' systems that provide guidance and assemble documents in response to interactive questionnaires. We’ll also explore such questions as: What challenges, opportunities, and responsibilities do these systems pose for lawyers? What ethical and policy considerations do they raise? What are their business and career implications? Can governments and non-profits leverage them to improve access for those who can’t afford lawyers? Does offering them directly to consumers constitute the unauthorized practice of law?

No programming experience or other technical background is required. This course will be graded on a pass/fail basis.


pointer    Meets Legal Technology and Innovation Concentration Requirements

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<<Course Updated: April 06, 2016>>