Legal Analytics & Innovation Initiative

Recent advances in data science are transforming the study and practice of law. Lawyers and researchers can now use computational techniques to identify patterns within masses of unstructured legal data to unlock insights that were previously buried within thousands of pages of text. The Legal Analytics & Innovation Initiative at the College of Law is a hub for computational legal studies, and for the application of the latest in data science methodologies to legal questions and problems.

What is Legal Analytics?
Legal analytics uses automated processes and machine learning to create usable data from legal texts such as dockets, case opinions, and contracts. Aggregated data can provide previously unavailable insights about what happened in the past and what may happen in the future.

The Initiative coordinates the College’s resources around legal analytics programming and events, courses and curricular offerings, and interdisciplinary research in collaboration with the Legal Analytics Lab at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business Institute for Insight. The Initiative also works with external partners in the legal community to put legal analytics advances into practice, develop new continuous learning opportunities, and share cutting-edge research insights.

Research

Faculty, students and corporate partners will use the tools of big data analytics, including text mining, machine learning, image analysis and other methodologies, to produce original research. They will also work with strategic partners, including companies and law firms, to help these organizations uncover actionable insights with predictive power from large volumes of documents and similar unstructured data.

Courses

One of the most exciting things about this field is its interdisciplinary nature. Students will have the opportunity to learn law practice technologies like e-discovery and practice management tools, as well as sophisticated data analytics tools from both College of Law faculty and affiliated faculty from the Robinson College of Business Institute for Insight.

Educational Programs

The LAII is excited to announce that we now have three different ways for you to fortify your knowledge of legal analytics. You may obtain a Legal Analytics Certificate, a JD/MSA dual degree, or (if you already have a J.D.) a legal analytics LL.M.

Certificate

Legal scholars, law firms, and legal technology entrepreneurs have begun to exploit advances in artificial intelligence, machine learning, natural language processing, programming, and high-performance computing to process large data sets and glean new insights from unstructured data, such as court documents, contracts, and other legal material.