Legal tech education: Neota partners with three new universities

An outright leader when it comes to helping legal educators to bring their students’ education into this century, Neota Logic will today (19 October) announce three new education partnerships, with The University of Limerick, Ulster University and London South Bank University, which has launched a new law and technology option for students.

Over the course of a semester, students at these schools will learn how to design, build and test digital legal solutions that solve a specific access to justice problem. These solutions, or web applications, will be built to the specifications of a local organisation acting as a “client” to the student groups. At the end of the semester, the students will aim to have a set of apps ready to be deployed for their “client” to use.

Andy Unger, head of the academic division for law at London South Bank University said: “For law schools and the legal profession, legal tech is developing very fast. What seems certain is that when they qualify many of our students will practice law in radically different ways to today. We have to try and prepare them for that. Our response at LSBU has been to bring together law and computing students together in a new law & technology option. Students will work together using Neota Logic’s platform to create Access to Justice resources for the local community to be deployed as part of our Legal Advice Clinic services.”

At The University of Limerick, former practitioner and in-house counsel Sinead Eaton will be leading on this new module in partnership with top Irish firm and existing Neota client McCann Fitzgerald. Gráinne Bryan, CEO of Legal Technology Solutions at McCann said: “Law firms are very traditional spaces. There is a lot to be done in bringing change to that space with the use of technology and also in introducing new team structures and dynamics. However, education and awareness is fundamental to the future law firm and those future lawyers are currently sitting in our universities.”

Already working with legal institutions such as Chicago Kent College of Law in the US, earlier this year Neota Logic announced their first education partnership in Europe with the University of Manchester and Freshfields and it has been running education programmes in the US and Australia since 2014. “We are passionate about empowering law students,” Maeve Lavelle, director of education for Neota Logic in EMEA, who came across the company’s education programmes on Twitter when she was a law student herself in Dublin. “The future of law is the cohort of students currently pursuing their law degrees or going through their professional training. How can we possibly expect the industry to evolve if it continues to be populated by people being taught in the same way as the people about to retire?”

The universities will be launching their inaugural courses with Neota Logic in spring 2019.

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