JUS5671 – Legal Technology: Artificial Intelligence and Law
Legal Technology refers to the use of technology, software and computer analytics to provide legal services and justice. It is increasingly transforming legal practice and institutions and the nature of law and research. The most prominent development is the rise of computational applications in artificial intelligence in legal fields diverse as asylum, contracts, policing and finance. Moreover, creative uses of digital platforms and blockchain technology are providing new possibilities in dispute resolution, legal registries and private law orderings.
This course will critically explore current trends and future possibilities of this transformation from the perspectives of legal science, computer science, social science and ethics. Students will:
- Learn about long-standing theory in law and artificial intelligence
- Study the rise of diverse computational law methods and processes
- Explore potential future applications and development
- Critically examine the sociology and ethics of this transformation for law and the legal profession.
- Meet leading legal technology actors
Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams
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You may register for this course if you have admission to a Master of Law-programme at UiO or the faculty's exchange-programme, priorety will be given to students enrolled in the Information and Communication Technology Law (ICTL) programme. All applicants must fill the formal prerequisites.
There are limited places in this course, maximum 40 students.
International applicants, if you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants
Formal prerequisite knowledge
Students must fill one of these requirements:
- Passed 1st - 3rd year of the 5-years degree Master of Laws (Master i rettsvitenskap at UiO) (or exams that qualify for exemption for these) or
- Hold a 5-years Master’s degree in Laws (Master i rettsvitenskap at UiO) or equivalent.
Exemptions from the formal prerequisites will be given to students with admission to the faculty's own exchange or master’s degree programmes. This rule does not apply to students with admission to other master’s degree programmes at the University of Oslo, unless otherwise agreed.
Recommended previous knowledge
Three years of law studies. In addition, it is recommended that students have a general understanding of information and communications technology (ICT) law. It is recommended that students combine this course with other courses focusing on ICT Law.
10 credits overlap with JUR1671 – Legal Technology: Artificial Intelligence and Law
Lectures/seminars, 22 hours.
Language of teaching for this course is English. This means that all communication during lectures/seminars will be in English, and all literature and auxiliary materials are in English.
Compulsory programming exercise in the platform Neota Logic for bachelor and master level students(pass/fail).
All students must pass a compulsory expert legal design programming exercise using the platform Python, Neota Logic, or Miro in the beginning of the semester. Further details will be posted in Canvas.
- Presentation of draft group or individual term paper – counting 1/3
- Individual or group term paper (2000-3000 words per student) - counting 2/3
Examination support material
This is an open book exam. Candidates may therefore make use of all available sources during the examination period.
Your exam paper must be an independent work unless you present/submit as a group.
Use of sources and rules for citing
Familiarize yourself with the use of sources and citations in legal writing. In an exam situation, using other people’s material without declaring it in a clear manner may be considered cheating or an attempt at cheating. You must cite any sources you draw on.
Language of examination
The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
This guide is used by examiners for grading this course.
Explanations and appeals
Resit an examination
- Illness at exams / postponed exams
- Resitting an examination.
- There are special rules for resitting a passed examination in the master's programme in Law.
Withdrawal from an examination
It is possible to take this exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.
Special examination arrangements
Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.
The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.
The language for this course is English. Students enrolled in the Masterprogrammet i rettsvitenskap must pass one English subject as part of their degree, this course will meet these obligations.
This subject is taught at Master 's level. The subject is also taught at Bachelor's level (10 ECTS credits), see JUR1671 – Legal Technology: Artificial Intelligence and Law. Please see the chapter above, regarding overlap. For instances of overlap, credits will be deducted on the subject at Bachelors's Level.