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Legal Innovation & Technology Lab
@ Suffolk Law School

'The future is already here—it's just not evenly distributed.' - William Gibson. Suffolk's Legal Innovation and Technology Lab: providing a legal tech time machine to those in need.

The Legal Innovation and Technology (LIT) Lab is an experiential program combining the vision of our Legal Innovation and Technology Institute with the pedagogy and legal services mission of our Clinical Programs. The Lab allows students to work as part of a consultancy and research & development (R&D) shop focused on legal tech and data science work. Active areas of research involve, but are not limited to, the construction of expert systems/guided interviews (e.g., chatbots) and algorithmic codification of tacit knowledge (i.e., training computers to replicate human decisions). See examples.

Lab students develop legal technology and data science solutions for organizational clients (e.g., legal aid organizations, courts, firms, and non-profits), helping them improve efficiency and effectiveness. Theses services are provided to organizational clients, who frequently do not have in-house expertise in automating tools, engaging in process improvement, and data analytics.

Upcoming Event(s)

A Look Ahead

A Look Ahead: Innovation, Law Schools, & the Access to Justice Gap

April 26, 2022 (4-7pm). Join program directors and faculty from Massachusetts law schools as we showcase our work and discuss how we are leveraging technology and innovation to serve our communities and prepare law students for tomorrow's practice. Participants from:

  • Boston University's Civil Litigation Program
  • Northeastern's NuLawLab
  • Suffolk's Legal Innovation & Technology Lab
  • Western New England's Center for Social Justice
  • Event Website | Speakers List

    Featured Projects

    Cour Forms Online

    Court Forms Online

    File court forms online during the emergency.

    A part of the Document Assembly Line project, this site offers a way for you to reach the court during the COVID-19 crisis. It provides court forms and self-help materials for areas of urgent legal need. Please select a category to get started.

    Most forms are Massachusetts specific, but a few can be used across the United States.

    Visit Court Forms Online

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    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 issues from the National Subject Matter Index (NSMI), Version 2. The NSMI provides the legal aid community with a standard nomenclature for talking about client needs. It includes issues like eviction, foreclosure, bankruptcy, and child support. Spot is provided as a service over an API. Mostly, this means it's built for use by computer programs, not people. Coders can build things (like websites) on top of the API. The 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.

    Learn more | Test drive

    Coding the Law

    Coding the Law

    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.

    Visit the course website

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    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.

    Visit the "textbook"