Lawyers and researchers are using computers to mine a variety of legal documents. The field of legal analytics uses computing power to analyze text from legal documents, treating words more like numerical data. Computer algorithms, combined with the knowledge of data scientists and lawyers, can provide new insights about what happened in the past and what may happen in the future. Attorneys can use this information to inform their approach to working a case.
Through our partnership with the Legal Analytics Lab at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business Institute for Insight, students use legal analytics to assess dockets, case opinions and contracts to predict outcomes for real clients. The Initiative also works with external partners in the legal community (including Alston & Bird) to put legal analytics advances into practice, develop learning opportunities and share cutting-edge research insights.
What is legal analytics?
The field of legal analytics uses computing power to analyze text from legal documents, treating text more like numerical data.
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This certificate program shows J.D. students how to apply smart data analysis to legal problems. Certificate students take 15 required credit hours and another six credits from a designated list of electives. Students also participate in substantial experiential components and complete a major analytics-themed writing assignment.
One of the most exciting things about this field is its interdisciplinary nature. Students with a strong math background who wish to take a deeper dive into analytics can graduate with a Master of Science in Analytics in addition to a J.D. degree. Students take 21 hours of M.S.A. courses in the Robinson College of Business Institute for Insight in addition to their law courses. See the student bulletin for courses.
Legal scholars, law firms and legal technology entrepreneurs have begun to use technological advances to glean insights from court documents, contracts and other legal material. The legal-analytics focused LL.M. degree allows LL.M. students to explore legal analytics, opening up new career paths and opportunities.
Faculty, students and corporate partners work together to use the tools of big data analytics to produce original research. Take a look at the Legal Analytics & Innovation in the news.
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