Fall Semester 2014
Legal Technology and Innovation Concentration.
In October 2013, Suffolk Law’s faculty unanimously approved a new Legal Technology and Innovation concentration, creating one of the first formal programs in the country to equip J.D. students with the skills and knowledge they need to compete more effectively in a rapidly evolving legal marketplace.
Key features include:
Cutting edge coursework, with required courses in Lawyering in the Age of Smart Machines, Process Improvement and Legal Project Management, the 21st Century Legal Profession, and Professional Responsibility Through Simulations
A required internship with a company or firm that uses technology or other innovative methods to deliver legal or law-related services; and A range of technology and innovation-related elective courses, many of which are jointly offered at Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School.
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The Institute has partnered with Casey Flaherty to automate the legal technology audit that he developed as an in-house counsel. Over the past year, the Institute has worked with Casey to make the audit available to the profession and law schools with the goal of incentivizing greater and more effective use of technology in the delivery of legal services. The audit’s website, which was created by Suffolk’s Office of Academic Technology, is here.
Experimenting with Technology to Facilitate Learning.
- The Institute has sought to use innovative techniques to improve learning. The Institute is assisting Suffolk’s Accelerator-to-Practice Program, which is a three-year course of study that will include an embedded fee-generating law practice in the law school that will teach students firsthand how to leverage new competencies, including technology, to deliver legal services to the public efficiently, effectively and profitably.
- Professor Gabe Teninbaum has developed an app to help students remember key concepts using the concept of spaced repetition.
- The Institute’s director, Professor Andrew Perlman, is experimenting with Google Glass in the classroom.
ABA Journal/Suffolk “Hackcess to Justice.”
Legal Innovation and Technology Student Association (LITSA).
A student group has formed around the Institute’s work.
Programs for the Profession.
The Institute has participated in, developed, or helped to attract a number of legal technology/innovation programs, including:
- Hosting the 2014 Futures Conference of the College of Law Practice Management (October 16-17, 2014). Suffolk will highlight its work during a special one hour portion of the program called “Legal Education Disrupted: Suffolk Law School at the Vanguard.”
- Hosting the 2014 ABA/Suffolk Hackathon (a recent Suffolk graduate
won the competition)
- The 2014 MIT Legal Hackathon
- An e-discovery program for students and the profession