Legal Innovation & Technology Lab@ Suffolk Law School
The following is a selection of Lab projects.
MassAccess: File Court Forms Online During the Pandemic
Most court buildings in Massachusetts are closed. This volunteer effort, run out of the LIT Lab, 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.
Visit the MassAccess Website
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.
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"