This page highlights some key developments at Suffolk University Law School in the area of legal technology and innovation. They include:
The Institute on Law Practice Technology and Innovation
- Suffolk’s Institute on Law Practice Technology and Innovation was established in March 2013 and is directed by Professor Andrew Perlman.
- The Institute oversees many of Suffolk’s legal technology and innovation initiatives.
- It is guided by an advisory board consisting of legal industry innovators and chaired by Marc Lauritsen and Jordan Furlong
The Legal Technology and Innovation Concentration
In October 2013, Suffolk University Law School’s faculty unanimously approved a new Legal Technology and Innovation concentration, creating one of the first formal programs in the country to equip JD students with the skills and knowledge they need to compete more effectively in a rapidly evolving legal marketplace. Key features include:
- Cutting edge coursework, with required courses in Lawyering in the Age of Smart Machines, Process Improvement and Legal Project Management, the 21st Century Legal Profession, and Professional Responsibility Through Simulations
- A required internship with a company or firm that uses technology or other innovative methods to delivery legal or law-related services; and
- A range of technology and innovation-related elective courses, many of which are jointly offered at Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School.
The Suffolk Accelerator-to-Practice Program
In late 2013, Suffolk’s faculty approved an Accelerator-to-Practice Program, a three-year course of study that will include an embedded fee-generating law practice in the law school that will teach students firsthand how to leverage new competencies to deliver legal services to the public efficiently, effectively and profitably. The Accelerator Program will integrate traditional clinical education with new insights about the delivery of legal and law-related services.
The Suffolk-Flaherty Legal Technology Audit
Casey Flaherty, a corporate counsel at Kia Motors, pioneered an innovative legal technology audit to test the efficiency of his outside counsel and has asked Suffolk Law to enhance and automate the audit so that it can be used by law schools and the legal marketplace. (The audit’s website is here.)
Experimentation with Technology
- Professor Perlman became a Google Glass Explorer and has been experimenting with Google Glass in the classroom.
- The Institute designed and developed a mobile web app to help Massachusetts lawyers find a range of legal resources more easily.
- Professor Gabe Teninbaum has developed an app to help students remember key concepts.
Programs for the Profession
- Host of the 2014 Futures Conference of the College of Law Practice Management
- Host of the 2014 ABA/Suffolk Hackathon
- Session organizer in the 2014 MIT Legal Hackathon
- Program launching the Institute (featuring keynote speaker Richard Susskind and panelists Jordan Furlong, Krish Gupta, and Regina Pisa)
- E-Discovery for Students and the Profession
Selected Press and Related Writings
- National Law Journal
- Law.com (Law Technology News)
- National Jurist
- Boston Business Journal
- Legal Talk Network Podcast on the Legal Tech Audit
- ABA Journal, Law School Can’t Sleep Through the Revolution (by Suffolk Law Dean Camille Nelson)
- Law Practice Today, Innovation in Legal Education (summary of Suffolk’s work by the Institute’s Director)
- Legal IT Today, Interview with the Institute’s Director (page 21)
Acknowledgements and Recognition
In 2013, the ABA Law Practice Management Section’s E-Lawyering Task Force identified Suffolk as having one of the top 13 legal technology programs in the United States.
In 2014, an article in the ABA Law Practice Magazine listed Suffolk among the top 10 legal technology programs in the country.
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