Before starting another semester, I thought I would take a few moments to reflect and recap on some of what I learned last semester under the Reinvent Law course framework.
Here at Michigan State University College of Law, there are several courses available to law students who are interested in the future practice of law. This past semester I was able to take a number of those courses, which I will highlight below. Finally, this upcoming semester I will continue my education in several of this disciplines. The hyperlinks below will take the reader to Professor Katz and Knake's pages, which gives a brief overview of the class as well.
This course fulfills a student's legal ethics course, but in a non-traditional manner. While focusing on the legal rules and how to prepare for the MPRE, we also were able to participate in numerous group projects that focused on the application of the ABA's model rules in our current technology driven world. For example, the class is separated into small "firms" based on student's interests post-graduation. While in these groups, we completed tasks that required us to work together in understanding many of the model rules "grey areas" when it comes to new technology. For example, one of my favorite projects required us to draft a model social media policy that our firm would adopt.
This course serves as a pre-rec for the second class I'll be taking this semester: Legal Information Engineering and Technology. In this course, we learned about select mathematical models (for example, Bayesian Probability) and other similar disciplines and their potential for creating predictive models in the legal space. In addition, we focused on Popperian Hypothesis testing when creating or reviewing statistical information reporting. We also received an introduction to the program "R" and "R studio" for creating graphics and generating statistical reports. The use of R was also required on our final, where we had to create a mock case-note with select data sets. Another highlight of the class included a court-room simulation of presenting high-level statistical information to laymen jurors.
This upcoming semester I will be taking: Legal Information Engineering and Technology, Entrepreneurial Lawyering, Litigation: Data, Theory, Practice and Process, and Legal Analytics.
I will try to update with more highlights of the important topics we cover.