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.
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.
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.
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. has a joint appointment at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and McCormick School of Engineering as the Director of Law and Technology Initiatives and a Senior Lecturer. He is also a member of the affiliated faculty at Codex - The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics.
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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.
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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).
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.
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Technology is changing the way we provide and receive legal services. New approaches and new tools are completely reshaping the legal profession. With a practical and participative approach, we will go through many questions, such as: How can we approach the transformation process from an in-house department? What is a transformation process like? What strategies shall we put in place to succeed? How can we involve our teams and make them not only participants in the process, but also real innovators?
Online dispute resolution (ODR) leverages technology and human-centred design to fundamentally re-orient the justice system around the needs of the public. Building on the example of the Civil Resolution Tribunal, the world's first public ODR body, as well initiatives from other countries, this practical session will look at how to use agile development principles, data, and user-centricity to reform and re-design public justice system processes for a modern world. We will also examine how lawyers can both drive and benefit from public justice reform.
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.
Successful completion of the program will earn you both a certificate and academic credit.
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.
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.
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.