New Course this spring Mizzou Law: Innovation and Technology in the Practice of Law

Beginning in the Spring 2020 semester, Mizzou Law will be offering a new seminar on Innovation and Technology in the Practice of Law.

Professor Randy J. Diamond says the course will have two primary focuses: to develop tech skills and competencies in the delivery of legal services and to address legal issues in a tech-saturated world, where the law is rapidly developing and often uncertain.

In this seminar, students will have the opportunity to learn about increasingly prominent technological elements in legal practice including artificial intelligence, blockchain, cybersecurity, data privacy, e-discovery, regulation of the platform and sharing economies, and smart contracts.

“In short, the course aims to prepare students to be tech-savvy at the law office and in representing clients in matters where the law and technology intersect,” Professor Diamond said.

Professor Diamond says the spirit of the course can be summed up by a recent article written by Natasha Chua Tan for

In the article, Tan writes that “to succeed as lawyers, law students will need to understand the disruptive technologies that form the basis of today’s tech-enabled legal solutions, including AI, machine learning, and natural language processing. These technologies underlie the innovations that today’s law students will be dealing with on a daily basis as lawyers, such as digitalization, blockchain in the legal service delivery model, and cybersecurity.”

Please see the Mizzou Law Registrar page for details on how to add this class to your schedule.