A new module at the University of Limerick will see law students using artificial intelligence
FOR the first time in Ireland, a new partnership at the University of Limerick will give students the chance to learn how to design and build legal solutions using artificial intelligence.
Neota Logic, an AI software provider, together with law firm McCann FitzGerald plan to deliver the first-ever third-level legal tech course by Spring 2019, in partnership with the university.
UL students will have the opportunity to learn how to design, build and test digital legal solutions using the Neota Logic System, a no-code development platform for the automation of professional services.
“We’re delighted to partner with Neota Logic and McCann FitzGerald,” commercial and company law lecturer at UL Sinead Eaton said.
“The introduction of this module, a first in Ireland, is testament to that commitment and will provide our law graduates with the skills they need to pursue careers in an ever-evolving industry.”
Through the programme, students will learn to develop solutions, or web applications, that will be built to the specifications of a local organisation acting as “client”.
At the end of the semester, students will aim to have a set of apps ready to be deployed for their “client” to use.
Barry Devereux, managing partner at McCann FitzGerald said: “The future of law is not solely dependent on legal professionals as we need a variety of backgrounds to continue to drive innovation in our profession.”
“Today’s clients are redefining how they want their legal services to be delivered.”
“While legal expertise is still paramount, clients now rightly demand more efficiency, flexibility and innovation. It’s up to us to deliver that and that includes developing the next generation of legal talent to deliver it,” he added.
“We feel passionately about empowering law students,” Maeve Lavelle, Director of Education for Neota Logic in EMEA, said.
“The future of law is the cohort of students currently pursuing their law degrees or going through their professional training. How can we possibly expect the industry to evolve if it continues to be populated by people being taught the same way as those about to retire?”
UL launched Ireland's first MSc in Artificial Intelligence earlier this year.