Academics

During your time in Hamburg, you will establish a foundation by which to examine the future of legal service operations. Below you can find details about the content of the course, the (preliminary) curriculum as well as information about the forms of assessment and study credit.

Course Content

Over the course of three weeks, you will take part in core sessions, supplementary lectures and a discussion series to gain an understanding of technologies and processes that you will be able to apply to your own career.

Core sessions involve treatment of examples relating to small, medium and large law firms, the justice system and non-profit legal service organizations.

Assignments in individual class meetings will enable you to build skills in project management as well as data collection and the application of metrics.

Having gained an understanding of legal service delivery processes, theoretical discussions will help you to identify areas for improvement.

Applying your skills and knowledge, you will join an international team and devise a capstone project in which you will seek to address this deficiency in legal practice.

Curriculum 2020

Please note that this overview is provisional; multiple discussion series topics will be added over the coming weeks—examples from the 2018 and 2019 program can be downloaded above.

Topics

Computational law concerns the mechanization of legal analysis. In this session, students will learn coding basics; learn to represent law, legal analysis, and agreements as explicit rules; and develop basic applications that automate the creation of documents and giving of advice upon the collection of variable inputs.

Prof. Daniel W. Linna Jr. is a visiting professor (2018-19) at Northwestern University's Pritzker School of Law, an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan Law School and a member of the affiliated faculty at Codex - The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics. (View Bio)

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Alma Asay is the CEO and co-founder of Allegory Law, a legal technology company that provides a software platform for litigation management. (View Bio)

Networks are everywhere. Lawyers use them to get to work (infrastructure networks), to seek advice (social networks), and to do research (information networks). They craft them (citation networks), oversee them (financial networks), and fight them (criminal networks). Upon closer inspection, almost anything can be modeled as a network: a collection of entities, combined with a collection of relationships between those entities. Legal network science studies how legal phenomena can be represented as networks and investigates what we can gain from their quantification and visualization.

This session introduces the network perspective on law and teaches the basics of legal network science. You will learn the theoretical fundamentals of legal network analysis and quickly "get your hands dirty" with legal data, constructing and analyzing your own legal networks using Python. You will discover the potential as well as the practical pitfalls of legal data analysis and discuss how to leverage relational data to improve legal practice.

Dr. Corinna Coupette is a researcher at the Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken and a member of the Otto Hahn Group at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg. (View Bio)

The legal profession is gradually becoming part of a broader industry that encompasses both lawyers and sophisticated professionals from other disciplines. This structural shift is driven by the gradual adoption of innovations that are changing how legal problems are solved. The purpose of this session is to provide participants with a solid theoretical and practical grounding on the current state of the legal industry and where it's likely headed over the next ten to twenty years. Participants will acquire a strong working knowledge of innovation diffusion theory, which is an interdisciplinary field that draws upon decades of research from sociology, anthropology, marketing, communications, geography, public health, education and various other disciplines. They will also have access to curated guest lecturers who work on the cutting edge of legal innovation. Participants who complete all of the requisite work will see a wider array of career opportunities and be better positioned to weigh their professional options.

The structure of this session will rely heavily on team-based learning, which closely resembles the work environment of many new emerging businesses. The assessment will be based on a combination of individual preparation, team work product, active class engagement and individual contributions to team performance.

Prof. William Henderson is a member of the academic faculty at the Maurer School of Law (Indiana University). His scholarship focuses on empirical analysis of the legal profession and legal education. (View Bio)

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Dr. Roland Vogl is Executive Director of the Stanford Program in Law, Science and Technology (LST) and a co-founder and Executive Director of the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics (CodeX). (View Bio)

Participants will receive an introduction to the emerging fields of Legal Analytics and Artificial Intelligence. The session will begin with a brief history of artificial intelligence and artificial intelligence + law. Then, we will turn our attention to data driven applications of such methods. Our goal is to introduce participants to understand the process of extracting actionable knowledge from data, to distinguish themselves in legal proceedings involving data or analysis, and to assist in firm and in-house management, including billing, case forecasting, process improvement, resource management and financial operations. Participants will review real world use cases including those involving prediction, risk management and operations. They will also explore how to communicate data driven insights to a non-technical audience through visualization and user interfaces.

Prof. Dr. Daniel Katz is the Director of the Law Lab at Chicago-Kent College of Law (Illinois Institute of Technology). His scholarship and teaching integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics. (View Bio)

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Margaret Hagan is the Director of the Legal Design Lab and a lecturer at the Stanford Institute of Design (the d.school). (View Bio)

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Shannon Salter is the Chair of the Civil Resolution Tribunal, Canada’s first online tribunal resolving small claims, condominium disputes, and motor vehicle accident disputes. She is also an adjunct professor at the UBC Allard School of Law, teaching administrative law and legal ethics and professional regulation. (View Bio)

"Legal Tech" is a complex phenomenon and sometimes just a simple term summarizing all the changes occurring at the moment. Law Firms do their best to navigate through these turbulent times. As the legal profession was—and is still—a very traditional "industry" struggling with terms like "legal business" or "delivery of legal services," many market participants just don't know how to get a grip on what's usually referred to as "digital transformation." Technology seems to attack the business model of law firms in a way that leaves no safe places.

In his lecture, Mr. Hartung analyzes the impact of the digital transformation and technology on law firms and in-house legal departments. At the moment, the latter tend to lean back and relax because they consider this to be a "law firm only" issue. Getting closer, the outlines become clearer and show a completely new design of what we at Bucerius call the "management of the legal function and risk management." This will have an impact on the legal industry as a whole—in-house and in private practice.

Markus Hartung is a lawyer and mediator. He is founder of the Bucerius Center on the Legal Profession (CLP). (View Bio)

Assessment and credit

Successful completion of the program will earn you both a certificate and academic credit.

Final Assessment

Each participant will receive a final grade for his/her merits in the program.

Your final grade will be determined by work completed on and the presentation of a capstone project (75%) and participation in individual sessions over the course of the three-week program (25%).

Preparation of the capstone project will require you to demonstrate your skills and abilities as part of a team with project groups being composed of up to four participants. While your project group will receive an overall grade, your contribution will be critiqued by the program's faculty to influence (raise or lower) your individual grade.

You will receive your assignment with sufficient time to create necessary documentation, e.g., mission/business model canvas, project report, as well as a sketch or prototype.

The grading scale ranges from A+ to F, with regular attendance and active participation required for a successful outcome.

Credit Load

Though not accredited by the American Bar Association, the program follows the ABA's standards for Student Study at a Foreign Institution to offer you credit for your undertakings; the course has been structured to provide a total of 5 ABA credits (60 hours of classroom time; one credit hour being equivalent to 700 minutes of classroom time).

If you are a European student, you can earn European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) points, which your home university may choose to accept toward your program of study. Successful completion of the program will provide 10 ECTS points.

If you are seeking to transfer credit, be sure to consult with your home institution before committing to the program to ensure that your participation will be recognized. Your academic advisor may be required to approve a foreign course of study in advance of the program.

Certificate

All participants who successfully complete the program will receive a certificate of participation and transcript of grades; if you are seeking to have credit recognized toward your degree program, you should explore the policies of your home university in advance of your participation.

Attendance and active participation in at least 80% of program activities (including lectures, seminars, workshops—both on- and off-campus—and group work sessions) is required in order to earn credit for the program.

Graduate Degree Credit

Credit from this summer program is transferable to our graduate degree program, the Bucerius Master of Law and Business (LLM/MLB) which offers a specialization in Legal Technology.

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