Legal Profession Innovation: Legal RnD Program & Kelley Institute of Ethics and the Legal Profession

  • What We Do

    MSU Law is dedicated to producing graduates who will shape our legal system and respond to the challenges of the day. Through our Legal Profession Innovation focus area, students go beyond the statutes and learn about how the legal profession works, the challenges facing lawyers, and how to make our legal system better and more equitable.

  • Get Involved

    Students who are interested in thinking about how the legal system works – and how to improve it – can engage with these issues in a number of ways while at MSU Law. Our Legal RnD Program provides opportunities for students to attend workshops and lectures at MSU Law and events all over the country, such as the Chicago Legal Innovation Meetup. Students can also get involved by working on Legal RnD projects with faculty, legal aid organizations, courts, and law firms. The Frank J. Kelley Institute of Ethics and the Legal Profession has a lecture series that has brought many distinguished speakers and legal thought leaders to MSU Law, including Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, U.S. Senator Carl Levin, and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

    Below are some examples of our courses related to Legal Profession Innovation. For more courses and information, please review the detailed curriculum guide.

    • Artificial Intelligence and the Law
    • Delivering Legal Services: New Legal Landscape
    • E-Discovery
    • Entrepreneurial Lawyering
    • Information Privacy and Security Law
    • Law Practice Management
    • Litigation: Data, Theory, Practice & Process
    • Professional Responsibility
    • Technology Transactions Skills
  • Who We Are

    Professor

    Carla Reyes
    Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the Legal RnD Program
    Professor Reyes joined MSU Law in the summer of 2018 as the director of the Legal RnD Program. She comes to MSU Law from Stetson University College of Law and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, where she is a faculty associate. Prior to teaching, Professor Reyes was an attorney in the Technology, Transactions and Privacy practice in the Seattle, Washington office of Perkins Coie LLP.

    Alumni

    R. Amani Smathers
    Seyfarth Shaw
    2013 | Chicago, IL
    Tufts University | Economics and Political Science

    MSU Law was one of the first schools to recognize the changes facing the legal marketplace, and actually respond to them--to help prepare students for legal jobs in the 21st century, and not pretend like it's still the 1990s.

    Friends

    Frank J. Kelley
    Frank J. Kelley was the Michigan attorney general from 1961–1999, making him the longest serving attorney general in the history of the United States. During his 37 years of service, General Kelley was not only a champion for Michigan families, but defined the office of attorney general across the nation in ways still felt today.