LAWS 3076 Technology, Innovation and the Law

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 201039

Coordinator Grazia Borsellino Opens in new window

Description This unit 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

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject

Restrictions 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


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.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Video Presentation 10 minutes 30 N Group
Reflection: Journal 1,000 words 30 N Individual
Applied Legal Technology Project Report 1,500 words 40 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Kevin D Ashley, Artificial Intelligence and Legal Analytics: New Tools for Law Practice in the Digital Age (Cambridge University Press, 2018).
  • Joanna Goodman, Robots in Law: How Artificial Intelligence is Transforming Legal Services (ARK Group, 2016).
  • Richard Susskind, Tomorrow�fs Lawyers: An Introduction to Your Future (Oxford University Press, 2nd ed, 2017).
  • Additional Prescribed Resources will be provided on vUWS.

Teaching Periods

2021-2022 Summer

Parramatta - Victoria Rd (Summer A)


Subject Contact Grazia Borsellino Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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