Computational Text Analysis for Legal Practice (SC)

Section 1, J-Term 20

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 7/16
Credits: 1

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

Final Type (if any): None
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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:
Mutually Exclusive With:
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

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