LAWS 3076 Technology, Innovation and the Law

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 201039

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Description This subject enables students to proactively adapt to the transforming nature of the legal profession. Students will engage with the technology and innovation expectations of contemporary business, legal practice and community engagements - including the concepts and areas of Big data and Artificial Intelligence and machine learning, Blockchain, legal task automation, e-contracts and smart contracting, technology assisted review, e-Courts, FinTech and RegTech, law tech start-ups, chatbots, and the capacity to develop legal, ethical and regulatory digital literacies. The curriculum will offer insights from a number of innovative and technology focused legal industry experts.

School Law

Discipline Law, Not Elsewhere Classified.

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject


Successful completion of 60 credit points.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Examine new risks, obligations and ethical issues for the courts and practitioners arising from the use of technology in the delivery of justice and legal services.
  2. Assess how emerging technologies are changing, challenging and enabling the way that lawyers work.
  3. Critically analyse the way that disruptive technologies challenge regulators across global jurisdictions.
  4. Use communication skills required by new and emerging technological platforms.

Subject Content

1. Digital literacy & Ethics
- Law and Technology: lawyers as advocates for vulnerable populations in A World disrupted by Technology
- Paperless Workflows and information security
- information Governance and Privacy in A Big data World
- Forensics & data collection
2. Virtual and Distributed Courts
- virtual Courts
- online Dispute Resolution
- case management systems
3. Legal Technology and Practice
- coding for lawyers
- Technology assisted Review (TAR)
- legal research, Discovery, document and data management
- financial and Regulatory technologies
4. Human Rights and Technology
5. Regulatory Landscape of Innovation and Technology: FinTech
and RegTech
6. The Regulation of Blockchain, Smart Contracts and


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Presentation 10 minutes 30 N Group
Reflection 1,000 words 30 N Individual
Report 1,500 words 40 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Additional Prescribed Resources will be provided on vUWS.

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