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Published on December 17, 2014 | by LawNews

Hofstra Law and the LLT Lab Featured in ABA Student Lawyer for Teaching Tech

Hofstra Law is highlighted for its efforts in teaching technology to tomorrow’s lawyers by the American Bar Association’s Student Lawyer.

The article, “Law Schools 3.0,” discusses what law schools are doing to ensure students are graduating with the legal technology skills needed for practice.

The article comes after the ABA recently updated its Rules of Professional Conduct, stating that lawyers should “keep abreast of changes in the law and its practice, including the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology.”

Hofstra Law’s Law, Logic & Technology Lab and Professor Vern Walker, who heads the LLT Lab, are featured in the article.

“The lab is modeled after a science laboratory,” said Professor Walker. “Our students try to systematically solve real-world problems and their education is the byproduct of the work they do.”

Recent graduate Karina Vazirova ’14 leveraged what she had learned as a student in the LLT Lab to secure a job as a legal knowledge engineer at Neota Logic Inc. “We provide a platform that allows building expert systems capable of automating business and legal decision making,” said Vazirova.

“I don’t know if I would have been exposed to the concept of legal technology as a regular law student,” she said. “Being a part of the program allowed me to go to conferences and meet people in the field.”

The LLT Lab is now working on the automation of argumentation-mining of legal documents using software that can cull documents for e-discovery.

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