Fourth-year student Jules, says “By learning to build chatbots, I’ve gained the skills to automate legal processes and help fill the demand for affordable legal advice.”
For classmate Alexandra, this project opened up a new way of approaching legal problems.
“I learnt that despite not having experience in these technologies or coding, I was more than able to extend my skill set to include this sort of problem-solving and develop an understanding for the processes and limitations associated with design-thinking,” she says.
Technology transforming law
Bachelor of Laws Course Director and Convenor of the Legal Technology and Innovation Unit, Mitchell Adams says the skills developed through this project are critical for the changing legal industry.
“The students have come up with a truly innovative and unique solution and have developed skills to translate the law into a computer program,” he says.
“Legal tech will change the way lawyers will address legal problems. The Swinburne Law School legal tech program prepares our students for this changing profession, and the future of law.”
Inspiring career choices
Swinburne Law School’s focus on technology and the future is inspiring some of its students, including Jules and Stuart, to pursue careers in legal technology.
Jules is in his fourth year of a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Computer Science (cybersecurity) degree. He currently works as a legal intern at Fourth Line, a risk management system that helps financial planning groups meet their legal obligations. He has also just started collaborating on a number of legal tech projects for a large mid-tier Australian law firm.
“I chose to study law and computer science because I saw an opportunity to transform the legal profession with new technologies capable of improving efficiency, lowering costs and expanding access to justice,” he says.
Jules chose to study at Swinburne for its focus on preparing students to thrive in an increasingly digitalised economy