Legal Technology and Innovation

LAW20040 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One semester or equivalent


Contact hours

  • 36 hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2021 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

2 Aug 21 - 31 Oct 21

7 Dec 21

Last self enrolment:
15 Aug 21

31 Aug 21


75 credit points in LAW units



Aims and objectives

Law Elective: will be offered - subject to minimum enrolment numbers
From 2020 this unit will be re-coded to LAW20040 (from LAW30021)  

This unit introduces students to the relationship between law and technology from both a practical and theoretical perspective. Legal innovation and technology have become a new focus in the legal industry as technologies of automation slowly transform the nature of legal practice. At the same time, students receive instruction on technology as an object of legal regulation, as well as how technology changes the nature of law itself. This unit offers highly practical lab-based work where students learn the fundamentals of automating legal services and decision support systems, as well as develop skills required for designing new technologies to aid the practice of law.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Describe and evaluate new technologies that change, challenge and enable the way that lawyers work
2. Represent a legal decision making process as a series of logical steps
3. Explain and build a software system intended to automate a legal decision making task
4. Design and construct a solution to address a challenge or problem in the area of legal practice, and convey the solution requirements to a non-legal audience