Peer to Peer Magazine

Winter 2016

The quarterly publication of the International Legal Technology Association

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32 PEER TO PEER: THE QUARTERLY MAGAZINE OF ILTA | WINTER 2016 Learning the 21st-Century Lawyer's Cra by Designing Applications CASE STUDIES The Course For the last several years, Mark O'Brien, Executive Director of Pro Bono Net, and we have been teaching a course at Georgetown University Law Center (GULC) called "Technology, Innovation and Access to Justice" (TIAJ). In this practicum course, students learn about a variety of legal technologies and work in small teams to create applications for nonprofit organizations. Examples of application types and topics include: » Intake and assessment applications that perform triage and expedite service • Do you qualify for services from legal aid? • Are you behind on your mortgage? » Self-help applications for the public that provide preliminary guidance • Which type of legal entity is right for your new venture? • Do you qualify for paid time off ? A growing number of law schools are offering courses on how to create software applications that "think like lawyers" to conduct analysis, provide guidance, generate documents and facilitate interaction between clients and lawyers. At Georgetown University Law Center, as students gain hands-on experience building systems that provide on-demand legal solutions, they learn traditional legal skills and how to serve the 21st-century needs of clients — all while promoting access to justice. by Kevin G. Mulcahy and Tanina Rostain Learning the 21st-Century Lawyer's Craft by Designing Applications This article is adapted from the Chicago-Kent Law Review article, "Thinking Like a Lawyer, Designing Like an Architect: Preparing Law Students for 21st Century Practice."

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