Technology and the Practice of Law   [Archived Catalog]
2018-2019 School of Law Bulletin

LAWS 693 - Technology and the Practice of Law

Credits: 2/3

This skills workshop will study the technologies used in practicing law, analyzing the ethical and other legal issues created by their use. Students will learn about current and future technologies and best practices in using them. Much of the learning will be hands-on in the computer lab. A number of practicing lawyers and technology experts will share their knowledge and experience. The American Bar Association has adopted the proposal of its 20/20 Commission on Ethics that the Model Rules of Professional Conduct be amended to specifically require lawyers to be techno­ logically proficient. "Maintaining Competence. To maintain the requisite knowledge and skill, a lawyer should keep abreast of changes in the law and its practice, including the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology. Cloud computing, internet hacking and government snooping, email, networked computers, flash drives, electronic signatures, smart phones, tablet computing, and ubiquitous public wi-fi net­ works all create legal and ethical issues and challenges for lawyers. Study materials will include cases, ethics opinions, statutes, and regulations.


Prerequisites: Professional Responsibility or Problems in Professional Responsibility

Note: Students may take this course for three credits if they successfully complete the Legal Technology Audit program. Students may not earn three credits in both this course and Internet Confidentiality and Cybersecurity for Lawyers and Firms.

This course satisfies the professional skills graduation requirement.

For first year students entering Fall 2016, this course satisfies the experiential course graduation requirement.

Basis of Grade: Class participation and projects.

METHODOLOGY: The workshop will meet for two hours a week. Class meetings will include lectures, demonstrations, hands-on experience, case studies, projects, discussion and tech expert presentations.

Form of Grade: Letter