JUS5671 – Legal Technology: Artificial Intelligence and Law

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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 

Learning outcome

Knowledge

  • Knowledge of the rise of new legal technologies in both public and private law and potential future applications, globally and in Norway, with a focus on use of artificial intelligence, big data, blockchain and online platforms.
  • Knowledge of how artificial intelligence is theorised in the field of law.
  • Knowledge of potential ethical, legal and practical challenges with using legal technology, including accuracy, accountability, fairness and discrimination. 
  • Good knowledge of a specific sub-set of legal technology issues, in particular through the selected focus for the term paper/project, which can be a concrete legal technology project or a theoretical, doctrinal or ethical, or socio-legal reflection. 

Skills

  • Ability to understand how computational methods are being applied in law.
  • Ability to reflect over the benefits and limitations of legal technology from different perspectives
  • Ability to participate in policy debates about legal technology and/or design legal Technology.

General competence

  • Understand how the idea and practice of law is being transformed by new technologies, especially through machine learning, blockchain and digital platforms.
  • Develop contacts with practitioners in the legal technology industry
  • Development of oral presentation skills.

Admission

Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams
they wish to sign up for by registering a study plan in StudentWeb.

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 a 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

Prerequisites

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.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with include:ref: null

Teaching

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.

Examination

  • Presentation of draft group or individual term paper – counting 1/3
  • Individual or group term paper (2000-3000 words per student)  - counting 2/3

Use of sources and rules for citing.

Be sure that you are familiar with the use of sources and the rules for citing/quoting from others work .
UiO uses a plagiarism checking tool as one of several instruments for detecting suspicion of cheating and attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

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.

Marking criteria 

This  guide is used by examiners for grading this course.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

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.

There are special rules for resitting a passed examination in the master's programme in Law.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Evaluation

The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Other

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.

Facts about this course

Credits

10

Level

Master

Teaching

Every spring

Examination

Every spring

Teaching language

English