Center for Law, Technology & Innovation

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Historically, attempting to increase access to legal services has meant pouring resources into existing systems. But that approach has not worked. More recently, the focus has shifted to technology. We also leverage technology, but recognize that poorly defined processes, standards, and metrics lead to ineffective implementation. Understanding existing processes and how they produce (or fail to produce) value for clients creates a pathway to improving legal-service delivery. This way, we can measurably improve access with fewer resources.

The LegalRnD Lab at MSU Law’s Center for Law, Technology & Innovation (“CLTI”) believes that innovation through legal research and development will bring the law to everyone.

Why Michigan State University

CLTI is a perfect fit at Michigan State University College of Law. As a prototype land-grant institution, MSU’s mission includes serving the public through finding practical applications for scientific research and technological innovations. Just as MSU was the country’s first higher-ed institution to teach scientific agriculture, CLTI works through the LegalRnD Lab to lead the legal industry through the use of scientific research and development, organizational excellence, and technology. Meanwhile, the Law College sitting directly across the street from MSU's highly respected Business College is well situated to train the next generation of tech savvy transactional lawyers. To that end, CLTI's Innovation Hub works to link law students with entrepreneurial activities, clients, and related opportunities on MSU campus. Finally CLTI Research Node seeks to provide timely, practical research at the intersection of law and emerging technology to the members of the Michigan State bar and beyond.

Courses Offered

  • Artificial Intelligence & Law
  • Automated Vehicles and the Law
  • Blockchain Technology, Law and Policy
  • Delivering Legal Services: New Legal Landscapes
  • Information Privacy and Security Law
  • Entrepreneurial Lawyering
  • E-Discovery
  • Evolutionary Analysis & Law
  • IP & Entrepreneurship Clinic
  • Special Topics in Management: Blockchain
  • Technology Transactions Skills