Summer Programs

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Apply legal technology to your career path

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


During your time in Hamburg, you will establish a foundation by which to examine the future of legal service operations; core sessions will 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 2018

Please note that this overview is provisional; multiple discussion topics will be added over the coming weeks.

Core Sessions

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.

Daniel Linna Jr.

Prof. Daniel Linna Jr. is a Professor of Law in Residence and the Director of LegalRnD – The Center for Legal Services Innovation at Michigan State University College of Law. (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.

William Henderson

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)

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.

Daniel Katz

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)

What does the future of legal services and systems look like? In this course, participants will be trained in innovation methodology, specifically with human-centered design and agile development, to learn how to be leaders in legal innovation.

Participants will work in small teams on real-world challenges, by following a design cycle of hands-on research, rapid prototyping and testing of new solutions, and gradual refinement of a pilot.

The course will empower participants with skills of management, user research, product development, and business model generation. Participants will learn methods to make legal services that are more accessible and engaging, and will also think through larger questions of how to manage behavior and organizational change. These skills are increasingly relevant as the legal market shifts, and the legal field needs new revenue models and new types of organizations.

Participants will leave the class with:

  • a new set of tools to use with complex, systems-level problems
  • practice in project management and interdisciplinary team-work
  • a portfolio piece of a project they've created
Margaret Hagan

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

In Legal Operations, we develop and implement a strategy to manage resources, maximize productivity and measure outcomes in a legal business environment. Legal Operations are critical to optimizing the performance of any legal department and can create a competitive advantage for your company. This session will provide a description of Legal Operations and why it is important to in-house legal departments and law firms. It will provide an in-depth review of legal operations best practices, including structure of legal departments, outside counsel engagements, and legal technology solutions. This session is critical for lawyers to understand how to better partner with and understand the needs of their in-house clients.

Stephanie Corey

Stephanie Corey is a co-founder of UpLevel Ops, a consulting firm specializing in providing services for in-house legal departments and law firms. (View Bio)

This session delves into the nuanced world of conflict management and provides an overview of digitalization of dispute resolution. New ways of organizing dispute resolution are continuously sought from technology, but it is still unclear how different applications will in fact impact conflict management inside and outside the courts. Will robots replace human judges in courts in the near future? What is the impact of deep learning or AI software on the tasks of a litigation lawyer? What happens to due process when dispute resolution is automated? Is legal technology the solution for fiscal sustainability or the detriment of due process? This core session provides answers to such questions primarily from European perspective.

During the session, participants will gain a comprehensive introduction to dispute resolution and tools for critical assessment of both the potential and the threats associated with dispute resolution technology. By focusing on the ethical dimension of dispute resolution technology, the session provides knowledge on how to use, implement and design dispute resolution technology in a sustainable and fair manner. Themes covered in the session include, e.g., courtroom technology and electronic evidence, e-arbitration and online dispute resolution, conflict prevention and access services, decision support tools and algorithmic decision making.

The session includes a workshop where participants work together in teams to develop new solutions for the pitfalls of existing resolution models.

Dr. Riikka Koulu

Dr. Riikka Koulu is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki and the director of the Legal Tech Lab, an interdisciplinary research hub focusing on legal digitalization. (View Bio)

Discussion & Lecture Series

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Roland Vogl

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)

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Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Hoffmann-Riem

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Hoffmann-Riem is an affiliate Professor of Innovation and Law at Bucerius Law School and served previously as a Justice of the German Constitutional Court. (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, with a focus on its potential to improve legal practice.

Corinna Coupette

Corinna Coupette is a Research Assistant at the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance in Munich. (View Bio)

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Markus Hartung

Markus Hartung is a lawyer and mediator, as well as director of the Bucerius Center on the Legal Profession (CLP). (View Bio)

Margaret Hagan

A new generation of lawyer

People want a new generation of lawyer: a hybrid lawyer, a legal technologist or a legal designer.

Margaret Hagan
Director of the Legal Design Lab,
Stanford Law School