LAW5650 - Legal tech studio - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Chief examiner(s)

Rachel Kessel

Unit guides


City (Melbourne)

  • Term 4 2019 (On-campus)


For students enrolled in the Juris Doctor, completion of 72 credit points of core units.


The purpose of this unit is to introduce students to the current and emerging legal technologies to enhance their employment prospects in the current legal services market. This Legal Tech Studio unit is focused on understanding how innovation is operationalised in legal practice. Students will work collaboratively to develop a web based application that solves a contemporary legal issue. Law students will develop technological and entrepreneurial skills and apply the knowledge they have already gained in a practical setting. Teams will first create a meaningful and beneficial design question, and then carry out systematic research to develop and deliver a solution that meets industry standards. Throughout this innovation process, students will need to communicate ideas, knowledge and findings effectively and professionally to a range of stakeholders, from IT, business, marketing and legal backgrounds.


At the completion of this unit, students should be able to:

critically analyse complex information relevant and identify information requirements interpreting how they may be of benefit to an organisation or a community;

analyse and evaluate the underlying principles and reasons underpinning each aspect of the innovation development process, proposing the need for and then using, a context-driven methodological approach to deliver;

differentiate and synthesise the interrelated roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders of a project and assess and analyse why these roles are important for a successful project;

apply, in an industry standard setting, new concepts as well as aspects of theoretical approaches already learned, selecting the most appropriate fit for a specific situation and the rationale for that selection applying investigative research;

demonstrate discernment and judgment in effective two-way communication to all stakeholders/audiences, both specialist and generalist, by using innovative, relevant and meaningful mechanisms to disseminate knowledge and ideas;

contrast and apply the most suitable professional practice skills on issues relevant to the chosen area of practice and operate effectively as a member of that practice team; and

evaluate, assess and communicate both personal and team progress and learning, thus engaging in meaningful reflective practice of oneself and the outcomes and process of the projects.


Studio Design Proposal (3,500 words) 50%

Oral Presentation at the End of Trimester 'Expo' 40%

Reflective journal (1000 words) 10%

Workload requirements

24 contact hours per teaching period (either intensive, semi-intensive or semester long, depending on the Faculty resources, timetabling and requirements)