LAW 2709 - Computer Technology in Legal Practice
Computer technology has a unique position in legal practice – it is everywhere integrated with the activities of both clients and law offices. This seminar provides students with the basic knowledge needed to understand the technology of computers and mobile devices, and its impact on today’s legal practice – whether that practice involves management and professional responsibilities, client counseling and problem solving, or litigation and trial practice. Moreover, within many substantive areas of law, such as privacy law, private and public security, and patent and copyright law, issues arise relating to this technology. In this seminar, students will learn how computers and mobile devices work, and how legal documents and other files are stored and used, as well as the fundamentals of the Internet and cloud computing, data mining and computerized search, artificial intelligence and law, and computer and file security (hacking, encryption, and transmission interception). No technical background is needed, because the seminar will provide information at a level appropriate to lawyers. Students will be required to write an analytic paper on a topic of their choice that deals with a problem involving this technology in an area of importance to the legal professional.
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