Education for the Provision of Technologically Enhanced Legal Services

Computer Law & Security Review (Forthcoming)

21 Pages Posted: 3 Dec 2020

See all articles by Václav Janeček

Václav Janeček

University of Oxford - Faculty of Law

Rebecca A. Williams

University of Oxford - Faculty of Law

Ewart Keep

University of Oxford - Department of Education

Date Written: November 23, 2020

Abstract

Legal professionals increasingly rely on digital technologies when they provide legal services. The most advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) promise great advancements of legal services, but lawyers are traditionally not educated in the field of digital technology and thus cannot fully unlock the potential of such technologies in their practice. In this paper, we identify five distinct skills and knowledge gaps that prevent lawyers from implementing AI and digital technology in the provision of legal services and suggest concrete models for education and training in this area. Our findings and recommendations are based on a series of semi-structured interviews, design and delivery of an experimental course in ‘Law and Computer Science’, and an analysis of the empirical data in view of wider debates in the literature concerning legal education and 21st century skills.

Keywords: legal education, profession, digital technology, artificial intelligence, 21st century skills, legal technologist

JEL Classification: K00, M53, O3, K1

Suggested Citation

Janeček, Václav and Williams, Rebecca A. and Keep, Ewart, Education for the Provision of Technologically Enhanced Legal Services (November 23, 2020). Computer Law & Security Review (Forthcoming), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3736101 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3736101

Václav Janeček (Contact Author)

University of Oxford - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Rebecca A. Williams

University of Oxford - Faculty of Law ( email )

Pembroke College
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1DW
United Kingdom
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01865276418 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://denning.law.ox.ac.uk/members/profile.phtml?lecturer_code=rebecca_a.williams

Ewart Keep

University of Oxford - Department of Education ( email )

United Kingdom

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