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Student-Initiated Legal Services Project @ Berkeley Law

Legal Automation Workshop

Why?

Direct service organizations are overloaded with client demand and dependent on error-prone processes.

The Legal Automation Workshop automates high-demand procedures to free student and lawyer time to focus on substantive legal work.

Law School curriculum does not prepare students to enter a workforce that increasingly values technical skills.

The Legal Automation Workshop trains students on the cutting-edge tools and project-management skills necessary to serve this need.

The Legal Automation Workshop empowers organizations to maintain and operate secure infrastructure.

What?

  • Students will provide pro bono legal services under the supervision of bay area attorneys and organizations.
  • Students must commit to automating at least one legal service each semester: a minimum commitment of 1 hour per week.
  • Students are encouraged to bring their own ideas, but may also request assignment from our existing partners.

How?

  1. Consult with client to discover high-impact work that lends itself to automation and observe that work being done.
  2. Determine the minimum-viable product, build the minimum-testable product, and refine with feedback.
  3. Build the minimum-viable product and refine by training clients and observing use.
  4. Repeat.