Using Digital Technology in Law Practice

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In this non-credit workshop, students will advance and resolve a simulated litigation file using state-of-the-art practice management software and legal technology, which may include Thomson Reuter’s Case Notebook ®, Practical Law Canada ™ and Case Logistix ™.  Students will be divided into firms, and each firm will be assigned a client and a role either as plaintiff or defendant.  You will, in your firm:

  • Take instruction and advise and your client
  • construct your client’s case
  • communicate with those involved in the case
  • negotiate the claim on behalf of your client
  • act ethically and professionally

all while learning to use digital practice tools effectively.

In addition to hands on experience with handling a client file and technology, students will also hear from leading practitioners and legal technology specialists on topics such as use of data analytics in law firms, cyber security and online dispute resolution.

No prior experience with practice or technology is required.  While the focus of the workshop is on the applied use of technology in law practice, you will also benefit from short preparatory workshops in practice skills including client interviewing and negotiation that will help you and your firm excel in getting the best result for your client.

To participate in the simulation, you must commit to attending all sessions.  A certificate of completion will be awarded at the end of the simulation exercise. To receive the certificate of completion, students will need to both attend the sessions and complete the simulated transaction. Please note, some additional work outside the stipulated hours will be required.

Enrolment in the workshop is strictly limited to 24.

Dates and Times

  • Skills Workshops: 1st and 2nd week in May in the evening (TBC)
  • Saturday May 12, 2018 9:30-3:30
  • Wednesday or Thursday evening of the following weeks (from 6:30-8:30) (TBD): May 21, June 11, June 25
  • Saturday July 7, 2018 9:30-3:30Location: Thomson Reuters, 333 Bay Street (TBC)

Registration Policies and Procedures

This year, the program is taking place on a pilot basis with only 25 spots available. Registration is on a first come first served basis.

Registration will begin at 10:00 am on Thursday March 15, 2018 and end on Thursday March 22, 2018 at 3:00 pm. The registration link will be on this page once it is live.