AbstractsRising to the challenges of today’s market: A snapshot of the attitudes and experiences in local law firms and how these could be used to influence curricula

Rising to the challenges of today’s market: A snapshot of the attitudes and experiences in local law firms and how these could be used to influence curricula

Presenters: Simon Gardiner and Jenni Taylor The legal profession, like any other, is having to change and adapting to the digital age. Traditional law firms are not immune from competition – boutique suppliers and online services already disrupt the business model. Survival depends not just on being good at law but on being a cost-efficient …

AbstractsTechnologically-advancing Legal Practice: Online Dispute Resolution Simulation

Technologically-advancing Legal Practice: Online Dispute Resolution Simulation

Presenter: Faye Wang Online dispute resolution (ODR) broadly includes many forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and court proceedings (known as “e-Courts”). It is a mechanism for resolving disputes via the use of electronic communications such as emails, telecommunications application software product (i.e. Skype instant messaging), streaming media and other communication technology. In theory, ODR …

AbstractsThe Facts of the Matter are these:  A Computer Approach to Analysing Intention from Appeal Court Case Reports

The Facts of the Matter are these: A Computer Approach to Analysing Intention from Appeal Court Case Reports

Presenter: Jeremy Ellman This paper addresses the research question is whether, and how a machine can identify people’s intention and justify a purpose of that intention from natural language text alone. We describes an innovative computer model, ELVIE (Extended Legal Violence Inference Engine), that can analyse people’s intention from legal case report texts in court …

AbstractsExploring the use of blogs and social media in legal education: Opportunities and challenges

Exploring the use of blogs and social media in legal education: Opportunities and challenges

Presenter: Victoria Roper This presentation will explore the use of blogs and other types of social media in legal education, analysing the potential opportunities and challenges. Insights from an ongoing blog project within a clinical setting will be offered and the conclusions of a recently published journal article will be presented. In 2014 the presenter …

AbstractsF-LEX Legal: Online Platform

F-LEX Legal: Online Platform

Presenter: Eimer McCann F-LEX is an online platform which uses technology to match up paralegals to law firms and in-house counsel. The aim of F-LEX is to help law students to gain as much paid experience as they can, whilst simultaneously offering a pool of talented paralegals to law firms and GCs for projects and …

AbstractsUsing technology to enable and enhance the mooting experience for online law students

Using technology to enable and enhance the mooting experience for online law students

Presenters: Val Bremner and Colin Jamieson Mooting is generally accepted as providing a valuable opportunity for law students to acquire practical legal skills whilst engaging in experiential learning which meets the requirements of learning outcomes, accrediting bodies and further equips students with essential practical skills including oral advocacy, legal analysis and problem solving all of which …

AbstractsBridging the gap between legal education and legal practice, and striking a balance between teaching the law and teaching tech

Bridging the gap between legal education and legal practice, and striking a balance between teaching the law and teaching tech

Presenter: Craig Laverick For a number of years, there has been a growing expectation that technology will be incorporated into the teaching of law at university level.  This is partly due to a growing need for graduates to leave law school as ‘digital lawyers’; with ‘specialist, technical and transferrable skills’.  Significantly, it is also expected …

AbstractsEnsuring access to legal aid in the digital age as the implementation of the right of access to justice. Polish perspective

Ensuring access to legal aid in the digital age as the implementation of the right of access to justice. Polish perspective

Presenters: Olga M. Piaskowska and Piotr F. Piesiewicz Access to justice is a core fundamental right of each individual. Access to justice typically means having a case heard in a court of law. However more broadly, it can be achieved through mechanisms such as legal aid, human rights institutions e.c. Obtaining legal assistance (legal advice) …

AbstractsCo-creation of digital study resources for EU law

Co-creation of digital study resources for EU law

Presenter: Aidan Flynn My presentation would showcase the following digital teaching resource.  As the module leader for European Union Law, I have recently worked with two LLB (Hons) Law students to create a video resource.  It is an example of a digital co-creation resource, one ‘co-created’ by an academic and students. This resource will serve …

AbstractsTouching the digital age:  Virtual reality and legal education

Touching the digital age: Virtual reality and legal education

Presenters: Emma Jones and Francine Ryan This presentation will explore the opportunities and challenges involved in incorporating virtual reality (“VR”) into the law school environment.  It will do this using empirical data from The Open University’s recent pilot of a VR app, designed to enhance its law students’ presentation skills by placing them into “real …

AbstractsWhat problem is legal tech the solution to?

What problem is legal tech the solution to?

Presenter: Ryan Murray Do students know why firms are using legal tech? If students do not understand the ‘why’ – teaching and assessing digital skills simply becomes one more example of a hoop through which a student must jump to gain their qualification.  To truly create the ‘sustainable adaptable’ student then they need to be …