Thursday, August 29, 2013

More on the Reinvent Law program at Michigan State that teaches the technology skills of future law practice

The ABA Journal Legal Rebels column has an updated discussion of a story we had previously blogged here about the Michigan State program called the Reinvent Law Laboratory that aims to teach students how to meld technology and the law in order to deliver the legal services of the future.   Below is an excerpt of the ABA Journal profile followed by a short video interview with Professor Dan Katz who, along with his colleague Professor Renee Newman Knake, are the brains behind Reinvent Law.

Tech skills are the key to law students’ future employment, says ‘13 Legal Rebel Dan Katz

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"The part [of the legal profession] that is actually growing–the Clearspires, the Axioms, legal process outsourcers and software companies–they need people with particular sets of skills who have domain expertise and can build software that works to solve legal problems," says Katz, an associate law professor with a tech and public policy background–an unusual combination in legal academia. "They need lawyers who know the law, understand software and technology, and [know] how to mesh the two."

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[T]he ReInvent Law module includes a core curriculum of classes designed to teach students and practicing lawyers "hard skills" such as quantitative legal prediction (including technology that predicts whether a client has a case, the odds of winning it and which arguments should be used in support). The program also promotes the research and development of legal service models that are affordable, accessible and widely adopted through startup competitions and free daylong seminars designed to spark ideas and conversation among leading entrepreneurs and legal innovators. That crowd includes Katz's students, who are gaining the attention of legal employers–and getting hired.


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