The management of information is crucial to the proper functioning of any legal system. A good legal system relies on information about the world itself (such as evidence of who did what and when) as well as more purely legal information (such as deeds, licenses, court rulings, statutes, contracts, and so forth). Legal Informatics is concerned with the theory and practice of managing such information.
This course is an introduction to Legal Informatics. It describes technological innovations relevant to the legal system and outlines challenges and opportunities produced by these innovations. The course includes lectures by leading authorities, papers, and hands-on exercises.
This site contains materials for two lessons of the course. Click on the Lessons link at the top of this page to access these materials. The Epilog, Worksheets, and Corpus Legis links lead to resources relevant to these lessons. The Piazza link provides access to a forum for discussing the course with the instructors and other students.
The first session of the course overlaps with the CodeX FutureLaw Conference, and we will not have a regular class. Attendance at the entire conference is not required, but attendance at the panels during our normal class time (4:15p - 6:15p) counts as class attendance. Note that conference registration is free for Legal Informatics students. (Please use CLASS as your registration code.) Our first in-classroom session will be on Thursday, April 12th, in room 285 at the Stanford Law School.
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