Section 1, Fall 18

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 16/16
Credits: 3

Course Description

Legal practice has always been shaped by technology as lawyers seek out new ways to better meet the needs of their clients at the lowest cost. Recently, advances in computational text analysis, machine learning, and artificial intelligence have started to affect not only the range of tools available to lawyers, but also the workings of government agencies and the adjudication of disputes. These changes are playing out in various contexts, affecting areas as diverse as discovery and fraud detection. In the near future, broad diffusion of these technologies are poised to further transform the nature of legal practice. In this course, we will examine some of these new technologies, how they are being put to use, and the potential upside and downside risks associated with the further automation of legal work. No prior knowledge of coding or computer science is assumed.

Course Requirements

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

Final Type (if any): Due Date Only

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will complete a 5,000 word final project.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

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

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the 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.

General Information

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Cross Listed: No
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Public Syllabus Link: None
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