The legal profession is rapidly changing with the influx of technology and legal entrepreneurs who are crafting innovative products and services to best serve clients needs and expand access to justice to underrepresented communities.
A legal renaissance has emerged with legal startups like Docket Alarm, a legal research tool that processes full-text searches across lawsuits and producing analytics and predictions. Shake, a platform that makes the law accessible and understandable to consumers and small business owners.
While the traditional legal education model has bred students to “Think like a lawyer,” the resulting outcome has left many graduating law students struggling to find employment that justifies the huge debt load many students take on and has created a huge access to justice gap that persist in low-income and rural communities.
However, these law schools below have taken notice of the demands and trends in the legal industry and have implemented cutting edge innovative curriculums and programs that incorporate technology and design thinking to best meet the needs of our rapidly changing industry.
Stanford Law School: CodeX At CodeX, researchers, lawyers, entrepreneurs and technologists work side-by-side to advance the frontier of legal technology, bringing new levels of legal efficiency, transparency, and access to legal systems around the world.
University of Miami School of Law: LWOW LawWithoutWalls is a collaborative academic model led by Professor Michele DeStefano. It brings together students, faculty, practitioners, and entrepreneurs from around the country and the world to explore innovation in legal education and practice.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law: CAJT The Center for Access to Justice & Technology (CAJT) is an institute at Chicago-Kent law that makes justice more accessible to the public by promoting the use of the Internet in the teaching, practice, and public access to the law. The Center conducts research, builds software tools, and teaches classes and supports faculty, staff and student projects on access to justice and technology.
Suffolk University Law School: Institute on Law Practice Technology and Innovation Suffolk’s Institute on Law Practice Technology and Innovation oversees projects and programs designed to leverage technology and other innovations to improve the practice of law and the delivery of legal services.
Seattle University School of Law: LLM in Technology & Innovation Seattle Law’s Technology and Innovation program curriculum places particular emphasis upon matters of privacy, cybersecurity, digital commerce, and financial technology. Students examine the interplay between technological innovation, complex legal doctrines and regulatory approaches, business, market models and the various actors whose interests, perspectives, and goals affect the technology law landscape.
Harvard Law School: LSTP Harvard’s Law, Science, and Technology Program seeks to guide students on how to best take advantage of Harvard’s unparalleled resources in this field, and to build a community of students and professors interested in the intersections between law and technology.
Georgetown Law Center: Iron Tech Lawyer The Iron Tech Lawyer is a competition held at Georgetown Law, where law student teams show off apps built in our Technology Innovation and Law Practice practicum. Appearing before a panel of judges, students compete for prizes for Excellence in Design, Excellence in Presentation, and the all around best app: Iron Tech Lawyer.
Northeastern University School of Law The NuLawLaw is an interdisciplinary innovation laboratory working to imagine, design, test, and implement wholly new ways of creating legal empowerment, primarily through developing novel approaches to delivering legal services, information, and education.