Legal Informatics Undergraduate Certificate

Legal informatics has been described as “the study of the application of information technologies to the field of law and the use of these technologies by legal professionals.” Therefore, the focus of the Certificate in Legal Informatics is on the effective use of cutting-edge technology in the study and practice of law.  Legal informatics also includes the law related to technology, such as intellectual property law, and security.

The School of Informatics and Computing is regionally accredited as a school of Indiana University by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be prepared to find employment in law firms and legally-related agencies and organizations, such as 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”. The International Legal Technology Association (ITLA) has a long list of job openings that would provide interesting positions for those who complete the Certificate in Legal Informatics. Moreover, Fifty Legal Careers for Non-Lawyers describes a number of career opportunities that are encompassed in the legal informatics curriculum.

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 will implement systems and technology that will impact the quality and cost of client services, ease the workload and enhance the productivity of busy attorneys and add greater efficiency to a variety of legally-related agencies and organizations.

Getting Started

Students can earn the Certificate in Legal Informatics as a free-standing certificate. To pursue a degree in Informatics, you must first apply and be accepted to IUPUI.

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Certificate Requirements

The following five (5) courses comprise the Certificate in Legal Informatics, for a total of 15 credit hours. All of the courses for the Certificate in Legal Informatics are offered online.

Students who complete all five courses and earn a C or higher in all five courses will qualify for the Certificate in Legal Informatics.

For additional information, please contact Professor Sara Anne Hook.

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