Effective use of cutting-edge technology in the study and practice of law.
Legal informatics applies information technology to the field of law to improve the quality and cost of client services, increase the productivity of busy attorneys and add greater efficiency to legal agencies and organizations. Legal informatics also covers topics such as intellectual property law and security.
Students will be prepared to find employment in law firms, courts, law schools, non-profit organizations, regulatory agencies, and vendors that develop and sell products for the legal industry. For example, most federal courts in the U.S. use electronic filing, docket control and document retrieval, provide legal documents and information to the public through websites, offer webinars of oral arguments and other proceedings and have sophisticated systems for courtroom presentations. State courts are moving to become what is known as “the electronic courtroom”.
Students who are already working as law technology professionals or paralegals will have an opportunity to update their skills and to have a recognizable certificate from a high-quality institution of higher education, namely, the IU School of Informatics and Computing, IUPUI.
Students will be prepared to bring cutting edge technology to law practices and other legally-related organizations and will not require training on these systems beyond a customary orientation program.
Students must complete the 5 courses listed below with a grade of a C or higher. All courses are available online.
Students can earn the Certificate in Legal Informatics as a free-standing certificate.
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