Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Columbia Law School Students Are Turning Into Legal Tech Developers

Columbia (2017), Columbia Law School Students Are Turning Into Legal Tech Developers:

Columbia Law School students are using a software program to create apps to help various legal organizations’ clients automate the drafting of legal documents. The project came after Columbia Law School Legal Technology Association, a student-led association seeking to expose members to the broad scope of legal technology, and HelpSelf Legal teamed up in the spring 2018 semester to offer HelpSelf’s document automation builder software for worthy causes.

These Columbia students join a growing group of law students across the U.S. using their burgeoning legal knowledge to create user-friendly apps to help automatize services for legal aid organizations’ clients.

HelpSelf’s document automation builder software allows users to create form-based interviews, which clients fill out with necessary information directly on a site. The clients’ answers merge into a specified document and automatically generate “execution-ready documents.” ...

Other schools have also pushed their law students to become tech developers. Cornell University, for example, recently launched where law students develop apps to solve legal issues facing three specific legal aid societies.

Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University and the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law also recently partnered to offer parallel courses where students find develop legal tech to reduce evictions in Utah, Arizona and beyond.

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