The lawyers of tomorrow, regardless of their practice area, will need to be proficient in legal technology. At Hofstra Law, we have recognized this need and have developed new courses in these emerging areas of legal technology.
Computer Technology in Legal Practice
Rapidly evolving technologies are transforming the traditional law practice. The purpose of this course is to (1) teach law students how to use current technologies to effectively and efficiently deliver legal services and (2) explore and investigate the use and impact of current technologies in the practice of law. The focus will be smaller to midsize law firms, but there will also be some discussion on large practice groups. Students will analyze and use tools for electronic filings, client management, electronic discovery, change control, cybersecurity, and document management. Ethical issues relating to proper use of technology (including social media) will also be explored. Students will be required to write an analytic paper on a topic of their choice that deals with a problem involving this technology in an area of importance to the legal professional.
Courtroom Technology and Advanced Advocacy
The primary focus of the course will be teaching students advanced trial techniques and the fundamentals of courtroom technology and advocacy. This will be done through a series of lectures, readings and interactive exercises. The course will introduce students to courtroom-technology software and create state-of-the-art trial exhibits/documents and demonstratives. Students will conduct full trials with advanced trial advocacy skills of examinations and opening and closing statements while using technology.
Building on foundational information on discovery learned from the first-year Civil Procedure course, this intensive skills course introduces students to the practical elements of the e-discovery process in federal litigation, including “meet and confer,” motions to compel, and sanctions. Using the NITA method, students will have the opportunity to apply the relevant Federal Rules of Civil Procedure as they work through e-discovery obligations in a series of simulated hypotheticals. Students will be assigned to teams as they meet and confer with opposing counsel, strategize with co-counsel, and argue a motion to compel and a motion for sanctions.
Fundamentals of Cybersecurity
The course will familiarize students with the geometrically expanding array of cyber risks and educate them on the ever-evolving statutory, regulatory and case law that has arisen in response to these most modern torts and crimes. The course will highlight the most common and devastating types of cyberattacks. Acknowledging that we are undoubtedly in the early stages of the development of laws relating to cybersecurity, the course will inform the students about an interdisciplinary approach to the problem with presentations by technologists, insurance experts and investment bankers, and legal experts and law enforcement, supported by in-depth analysis of the primary statutes and case law governing cybersecurity.
The Policy and Business of Cryptocurrencies
This course will offer students insight into the legal and business impact of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies and will provide students with different models that will explain how bitcoin and blockchain technology may be treated by regulators in the U.S. and abroad. The course will be taught as a seminar. Each week, students will be selected to conduct a presentation on the next week’s topic, summarizing the papers that have been selected as course material, describing the unique problems presented by cryptocurrencies given the existing framework of currency and payments, and proposing solutions, innovations and ideas regarding the future landscape of currency in an increasingly decentralized global market.