The Legal Innovation & Technology Lab (LIT Lab) at Suffolk University Law School is an experiential program that combines the vision of the Legal Innovation & Technology Center with the pedagogy and legal services mission of our clinical programs.

In the Lab students work as part of a research and development (R&D) consultancy focused on legal tech and data science. Active areas of research include:

  • Expert systems/guided interviews
  • Codification of tacit knowledge
  • Artificial intelligence

Lab students use technology and data to develop solutions for legal aid organizations, courts, nonprofits, and law firms to help them improve efficiency and effectiveness.

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Suffolk’s Legal Innovation & Technology Lab

Providing a legal time machine to those in need.

Support the LIT Lab: Become an Affiliate!

Through its new Affiliates Program the LIT Lab provides members with connections to experts and law students working with emerging legal services technologies while growing the LIT Lab’s capacity to serve disadvantaged communities.

The Legal Innovation & Technology Lab (LIT Lab) is a collaboration between Suffolk Law’s Clinical Program and Legal Innovation & Technology Center. At the core of the nation’s No. 1-ranked legal technology program, the LIT Lab:

  • Expands the public’s access to urgently needed legal services, information, and ultimately, to justice.
  • Enables law firms, courts, legal services providers, and corporate legal departments to become more efficient and effective through innovation and technology.

The LIT Lab develops cutting-edge innovations to benefit its partners, clients, and diverse communities, while educating future lawyers. To carry out its work, the LIT Lab integrates the pedagogy and service-oriented mission of Suffolk Law’s Clinical Programs, which are regularly ranked in the top 15 of all clinical programs across the nation.

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Featured Projects

The Document Assembly Line

The Document Assembly Line project is a set of open-source tools and processes to help groups quickly and effectively create mobile-friendly online court forms and pro se materials. The documentation provided here aims to help groups adapt this work and create local versions of the assembly line.

Our novel code is released under an MIT License and we built on the open-source Docassemble platform.

Spot, an AI Issue Spotter

Spot is an issue spotter. Give Spot a non-lawyer’s description of a situation, and it returns a list of likely legal issues. It includes issues like eviction, foreclosure, bankruptcy, and child support. Our hope is that by automating part of issue identification, developers will use Spot to help people in need of legal assistance better access available resources.

Coding the Law

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Learn how to think about technologies in the law by building your own. In this project-based course, open to non-programmers and coders alike, we 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.

Legal Tech Class

The aim of this project is to create a collaboratively built “textbook” for teaching law school classes about legal technology. Currently, the class has contributors from around the world. Exercises help students get started right away building legal technology with open-source tools while touching on theories and motivations for legal technology—including the access to justice gap, the future of the legal profession, and ethical considerations.