Neota equips Flinders University for new legal tech course to train lawyers of the future

Posted: 12 February 2019
By: Neota Logic

Neota Logic, creator of the world’s leading platform to capture and automate expertise, has collaborated with Flinders University to launch a new course that will teach law students how to leverage technology in the delivery of legal services in the not-for-profit sector.

The course will commence Semester 1 as an option for Bachelor of Laws & Legal Practice students. 

During the course, students will learn how to create legal applications, which are digital tools that use rules, calculations and other methods to replicate the thinking and actions of lawyers.

Over the course of the semester, student teams will work alongside leading not-for-profit organisations to develop legal applications designed specifically to improve the delivery of legal information and services.

Tania Leiman, Dean of Law, College of Business, Government and Law at Flinders University, says the university aims to equip students to be tech literate leaders in the legal industry.

“At Flinders, we aim to combine our strong social justice ethos with a mindset that can thrive in our changing world,”

“Using technology to increase the availability of legal information and the capacity to scale provision of legal services has potential to increase access to justice for the many people for whom legal advice is currently out of reach.”

“We are excited to be able to work with our students on real problems for real clients, and develop solutions using Neota’s platform.”

The Flinders University course is based on a programme originally created at Georgetown University in the United States.  The programme has now spread to law schools in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.

At the end of semester, student teams will come together to showcase their finished applications before a panel of judges as they compete for the prize of best legal application.  After the course is completed, the not-for-profit organisations will have the opportunity to deploy their applications.

Kenji Yamada, Head of Education and Community Programs at Neota Logic, says law schools are realising the necessity to prepare law students for the future of the legal profession.

“We are excited to work with Flinders University to help provide law students with new and valuable skills to thrive in their legal careers,”

“At the same time, it’s meaningful to know that through learning these skills students will be able to create live and functioning legal applications, helping to promote greater access to justice.”

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