Technology and the Law
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- 26 Jun 2023
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Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- describe and understand the hardware and software products that are used across large law firms, medium and small practices, as well as community law centres and corporate environments;
- distinguish and apply the different software solutions (including applications) across different operating environments to solve different legal issues in different ways;
- explain and engage in legal technological issues covering in particular, artificial intelligence, big data, blockchain and other developing technologies that are being developed and/or used by clients; and
- research and explain the basic legal issues that start-up businesses and other entities need to be aware of from intellectual property, privacy, data management and international law.
- Topics will be available to enrolled students in the subjects Learning Management System site approximately one week prior to the commencement of the teaching period.
You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject, or currently be enrolled in the following subject(s) in a prior study period; or enrol in the following subject(s) to study prior to this subject:
- UNE-LAW162-Criminal Law
- UNE-LAW312-Criminal and Civil Procedure (No longer available)
- UNE-LAW172-Contract Law
- UNE-LAW272-Law of Contract II (No longer available)
- UNE-LAW157-Alternative Dispute Resolution
- UNE-LAW164-Law and First Peoples of Australia
- UNE-LAW270-Interviewing for Advocacy
Please note that your enrolment in this subject is conditional on successful completion of these prerequisite subject(s). If you study the prerequisite subject(s) in the study period immediately prior to studying this subject, your result for the prerequisite subject(s) will not be finalised prior to the close of enrolment. In this situation, should you not complete your prerequisite subject(s) successfully you should not continue with your enrolment in this subject. If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite subject(s) and believe you may not complete these all successfully, it is your responsibility to reschedule your study of this subject to give you time to re-attempt the prerequisite subject(s)
Candidature in Bachelor of Laws (4 Years). To enrol in this subject you will need to pass the Prerequisite/s. Please note as UNE results are released after the close of enrolment date, your enrolment into this subject will be withdrawn if you do not pass the prerequisite subject/s.
- Equipment requirements - Headphones or speakers (required to listen to lectures and other media) Headset, including microphone (highly recommended) Webcam (may be required for participation in virtual classrooms and/or media presentations).
- Software requirements - It is essential for students to have reliable internet access in order to participate in and complete your units, regardless of whether they contain an on campus attendance or intensive school component. For additional information please visit UNE Hardware Requirements: https://www.une.edu.au/current-students/support/it-services/hardware.
- Other requirements -
Textbook information is not available until approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the Teaching period.
Students are expected to purchase prescribed material.
Textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
In a world where technology is constantly evolving, this subject will give you a well-rounded understanding of the application and impact of contemporary technologies and the impact on lawyers and clients. Structured in two parts, the first component provides you with a detailed analysis of the wide varieties of technologies and innovations in legal practice, from large international law firms to boutique sole practices, in-house counsel, community law centres and corporates. The second half examines the impacts of blockchain, artificial intelligence (big data) and other evolving technologies on clients and examines how lawyers can understand the risks and needs for clients.
Assignment 1: Discussion Forum Participation. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-4 Assignment 2: Written Assignment: 3000 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes 3, 4 Assignment 3: Written Assignment: 3000 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-3
- Discussion Forum Participation (15%)
- Written Assessment (45%)
- Written Assessment (40%)
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