The program in legal technologies exposes students to the many ways that new technologies are being integrated into law practice. In this day and age, legal and social problems are increasingly addressed by systemic solutions, enabled by new and powerful Internet based platforms and rapidly expanding computer capability. The program welcomes students to a world where legal professionals are being called on to design systems and architectures that solve legal challenges and promote access to justice.
Our curriculum offers students an array of classes focused on the adoption of technologies across the range of practice settings, including litigation, transactional and corporate practice. By training students in the use of legal technologies, the curriculum aims to provide students with the skills that are not only relevant to practice tomorrow but are relevant to practice two decades from now.
Trends and Careers
While the private market for traditional lawyers has contracted significantly, new opportunities are emerging for law-trained professionals who understand the power of technology-driven solutions to address legal problems effectively and efficiently.
Access to Justice
In a world of scarce resources devoted to legal services for poor and middle class people, new systems are being developed that challenge the distinction between self-help resources and legal representation, empowering ordinary Americans to enforce their rights and obtain access to the legal system.
The Program in Legal Technologies' research and policy initiatives grow out of its work on teaching students to build access to justice apps. In collaboration with the District of Columbia Affordable Law Firm, a low bono law firm created by Georgetown Law, the program is creating state-of-the-art technologies to support the firm's work and assist people whom DCALF cannot serve. The program is also using the firm as a research lab to study how an economically sustainable model of law practice, supported by legal technologies, might be developed to serve moderate-income individuals who need access to legal services.
Working with the newly launched Voting Rights Institute at Georgetown, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the American Constitution Society, the Program on Legal Technologies is coordinating an initiative to develop technologies to support get out the vote efforts around the country. Drawing on the energy and knowledge of law student coders and designers--as well as the wider civic coding network--including members of DC Legal Hackers and Code for America, this initiative seeks to build digital tools that assist users to register, vote and collect data about polling practices during elections.