LAWS5188 Legal APPtitude

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
The full impact of technology on legal practice is yet to be realised, but there is no doubt that significant change is afoot and its momentum is building, both in relation to what the profession does and how the profession does it. It's fair to say that the legal profession is at a ‘tipping' point. Many law firms are now seeking to leverage legal technologies to drive efficiencies in service delivery. In addition, legal technology has the potential to allow more people access to justice through online legal advice or dispute resolution fora. As a result, it is essential that junior lawyers are able to engage and collaborate with technology.
This unit will focus on legal technologies, specifically the creation of legal applications. In conceiving of the idea and developing the app, and working in small teams, students will be working with the legal profession (primarily in the not-for-profit sector).
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of legal technology and the impact that technology has on established legal practice and access to justice; (2) determine the key stakeholders affected by the introduction of legal technology into the legal profession; (3) demonstrate an ability to undertake complex legal research; (4) demonstrate practical skills in app creation through exposure to and the use of legal software to develop an app; and (5) demonstrate an ability to communicate and collaborate professionally and effectively with all stakeholders in a team in researching the law and designing an app.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) class participation; (2) written assessment; and (3) creation of an application (this component includes a group mark of 30% for the app, a 10% individual mark for online quizzes on the software and a 10% individual mark for a presentation on the app). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Ms Kate Offer
Unit rules
Enrolment is subject to an application process which takes place at the end of Semester 1. Students in their final year of the JD are given priority.

LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering and 30 points from: LAWS4102 Criminal Law,LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law,LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics or LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics
Advisable prior study:
LAWS5108 Commercial Practice
Approved quota: 30—quota will be allocated on a first come first serve basis with preference given to students in their final year of study.
Contact hours
Seminars: 3 hours per week for 12 weeks
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