Student-Initiated Legal Services Project @ Berkeley Law
Legal Automation Workshop
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.
Information security is as hard to maintain as it is critical to legal service success.
The Legal Automation Workshop empowers organizations to maintain and operate secure infrastructure.
- 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.
- Consult with client to discover high-impact work that lends itself to automation and observe that work being done.
- Determine the minimum-viable product, build the minimum-testable product, and refine with feedback.
- Build the minimum-viable product and refine by training clients and observing use.
The NGCW is a student-initiated legal services project that assists transgender and gender non-conforming people with the process of changing state and federal documents..
Legal automation made NGCW significantly more efficient by expediting the process of filing out court pleadings: cutting the amount of time it took to serve a client in half.
Berkeley Immigration Group connects students to immigration work they can support, provide career and networking opportunities within the field of immigration law, and organize events open to the general public about different topics within immigration.
Legal automation has allowed BIG and our partner - National Lawyers Guild Immigration Committee - to quickly process and easily analyze the data we collect so that it can be turned into actionable steps to increase accountability in immigration court.
EBCLC has a dual mission to provide free legal services to low income people in Alameda County and train law students. Legal automation helped reduce the time it took to fill out the court paperwork for our Name and Gender Change Workshop clients, and made the process more intuitive for the law students who were assisting the community members with their paperwork.
Oasis Legal Services is a legal non-profit dedicated to helping LGBTQIA+ asylum seekers. The Legal Automation Workshop analyzed data on the harm our clients have experienced to allow Oasis to better advocate at the state and national levels.
Community.lawyer is a free, intuitive platform that legal professionals use to build apps that automate document generation, streamline client intake, and enhance legal service delivery.
Al Otro Lado is a bi-national, direct legal services organization serving indigent deportees, migrants, and refugees in Tijuana, Mexico. The Legal Automation Workshop is assisting Al Otro Lado with anti-immigration hate-speech analysis.