While a number of universities in the United States have long incorporated practical technology training within their law courses, the United Kingdom so far appears to trail. The trailblazing course at Queen Mary will combine guest lectures from a panel of leading lawyers and practitioners with in-depth access to kCura’s e-disclosure software Relativity.
The course was conceived and put together by Maggi Healey, a former litigator who now specialises in e-disclosure at The Review People. John Chan, director of technical services at Anexsys will be the instructor for the course’s software modules.
“We are absolutely thrilled to be part of this ground-breaking course for the next generation of lawyers,” Chan said. “It seems that Generation Y is expected to have a strong foundation in technology and it’s often underappreciated how difficult it can be to grasp the sheer range of technical challenges presented by e-disclosure. The practical component of this course will go a long way towards preparing students for dealing with modern e-disclosure.”
U.S. universities such as Georgetown and Chicago Kent have long incorporated a technology module within their legal training and both collaborate with Neota Logic to help students build apps to help improve access to justice. In October last year, Cornell Tech partnered with Cornell Law School to launch a Master of Laws degree in law, technology and entrepreneurship.
According to eDiscovery consultant Chris Dale, who blogged about the new Queen Mary course in September, the experts involved are Dale himself, Simon Manton of Epiq Systems, Marie-Claire O’Hara of Bevan Brittan, Andrew Haslam now at Squire Patton Boggs, Sanjay Bhandari at EY, Alex Dunstan-Lee at Navigant, Clive Freedman at 3 Verulam Building Chambers, Andrew Herring at Pinsent Masons, and Matthew Davis at Consilio.