Computational Text Analysis for Legal Practice (SC)

Section 1, J-Term 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 9/12
Credits: 1
Day Time Room Start Date End Date
  • TWRF
  • 1300-1600
  • SL284
01/18/2022 01/21/2022

Course Description

Automatic text analysis is transforming the legal field by improving discovery, facilitating contract review and analysis, and improving the summary and analysis of legal documents more generally. Lawyers familiar with these technologies will be at the forefront of tasks like e-discovery and contract analysis. They will be well-positioned to work with data scientists and technical experts to improve the law-practice processes of their firm, agency, non-profit, or other organization. This short course introduces students to modern quantitative text analysis techniques, with the ultimate goal of providing students with the skills necessary to apply these methods in their own research or practice.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any): None
Description: None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will complete a short problem set for each class session. The problem sets will provide students with the opportunity to learn a range of automatic text analysis tools across a variety of real-world applications.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: Because the credits in this course count toward the JD Program Professional Skills requirement, JD candidates will be given enrollment priority for this class. Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: Yes
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level writing requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

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Modified Type
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Thursday, January 13, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, January 23, 11:59 PM