Chicago-Kent Creates LL.M. In Legal Innovation and Technology

There’s been a lot of talk about legal technology and innovation and its impact on the practice of law. But as new tech products hit the shelves every day, it is difficult to keep up with the rate of change. Legal analytics, blockchain technology, artificial intelligence—how will these innovations change the way legal services are delivered?

For those that want to explore the implications in depth, Chicago-Kent College of Law has created an LL.M. program in Legal Innovation + Technology, which will begin in the fall 2018 semester. 

The program is a one-year, full-time course of study with an emphasis on how emerging technologies, big data, and innovation in the legal industry enhance the practice of law and the delivery of legal services, according to Chicago-Kent’s website.

“Market forces have led clients and consumers to seek services that are better, faster, and cheaper than traditional models,” the law school’s website states. “The principles from courses in the program can be applied broadly across the legal industry, from large law firms to corporate legal departments to legal aid organizations.” 

Courses in the LL.M. program offer U.S. and international law graduates an opportunity to explore topics like legal analytics, machine learning, project management, technology-aided access to justice, legal ethics, and blockchain and cryptocurrency. Students will also learn firsthand from leading professionals who are currently leveraging technology for more efficient business processes. 

The program will be available to foreign-trained attorneys and law students requiring a U.S. student visa starting in fall 2019 due to the lengthy process of obtaining U.S. immigration approvals, although Chicago-Kent can award concentration certificates to fall 2018 LL.M. entrants who complete coursework.

The program will be available in fall 2018 to lawyers and law students who do not require a U.S. student visa.

Detailed admissions information and applications will be available starting in April 2018. More information can be found here.


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Tyler Roberts is an editor for The National Jurist. You can follow him on Twitter at @wtylerroberts