Sunday, March 4, 2018

A report from the 2018 law student Global Legal Hackathon


Got a Legal Problem? These Law Students Can Solve It with Tech

Law students from around the country joined lawyers, web developers and other legal innovators in harnessing technology to address legal problems as part of the 2018 Global Legal Hackathon.


Students from several law schools across the country set their casebooks aside to join lawyers, legal technology innovators, web engineers and others in the first-ever Global Legal Hackathon last weekend.


For three days, Hackathon participants brainstormed how to harness technology to solve legal problems, formed teams to pursue those ventures, and pitched their ideas to judges. Local hackathons were held in 40 cities in 20 different countries, and the best eight ideas will be presented in New York in April.


For the law students, the Hackathon offered an opportunity to rub elbows with those on the cutting edge of legal technology and innovation and get hands-on experience developing the types of legal programs that are revolutionizing legal practice. (You can read more about the winning team in San Francisco, which included two students from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, here.)


 We caught up with Hackathon participants from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law; Suffolk University Law School; Brigham Young University J. Rueben Clark Law School; and Pennsylvania State University School of Law to learn about the projects they developed.

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