Legal Innovation & Technology Lab
@ Suffolk Law School

Course Work

The Lab's work is done primarily by clinical students serving as Legal Innovation & Technology Fellows and by students enrolled in the eponymously named Legal Innovation and Technology Lab course (LAW 2418). Below you'll find a description of each.

Legal Innovation and Technology Fellows

LIT Fellows are enrolled in one of our traditional clinical programs with a reduced case load. There they work to provide legal tech and data science consulting to their clinic. This results in the production or maintenance of projects aimed at improving the clinic's efficiency or solving access to justice issues related to its practice. The experience is similar to that of those enrolled in the LIT Lab course. The primary difference is that LIT Fellows work exclusively on projects for the clinical programs and have a mandatory one-year commitment. Students apply for to be a LIT Fellow as part of the standard clinical application. Fellows must take Coding the Law before or during their first semester in the clinic.

Legal Innovation and Technology Lab (LAW 2418)

This Lab is an experiential course provides students the opportunity to work as part of a team consulting on legal tech and data science projects on behalf of real-world clients. Students explore the technical, legal, and ethical dimensions behind such projects, including how best to meet their client’s needs and balance competing demands when applying solutions to the work of practicing attorneys, courts, and legal aid agencies. Students will work on all aspects of a project’s life cycle from conception through execution, including client counseling and project management. Students must take Coding the Law concurrently with, or prior to, enrollment.

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Coding the Law (LAW 2998)

Learn how to think about thinking machines in the law by building your own. In this project-based course, open to non-programmers and coders alike, we will explore the technical, legal, and ethical dimensions behind the use of computer algorithms by legal practitioners and the justice system. Projects range from the creation of simple document review and automation tools to the construction of expert systems and narrow AIs. When possible, projects will address real-world access to justice needs, expanding and improving free online tools that provide legal information. No prior programming experience or skills are required.

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