At the intersection of law and technology: equip yourself for the transformation of the legal profession.


Offered online, the Microprogram in Law and Technology allows you to complete courses in the comfort of your home, when it suits your schedule. Whether you are a student of law in Canada or abroad, a lawyer in a law firm, an organization or the public service, or a researcher, developing an expertise in law and technology will differentiate you and help you meet the challenges of the digital era.

The Microprogram in Law and Technology will enable you to:

  • Comprehend the complexities of the relationship between law and technology. 
  • Understand the impact technology has on the legal profession and system. 
  • Acquire the basic computer programming skills that facilitate legal problem solving. 
  • Adopt a comparative perspective of law and technology in different jurisdictions: the European Union, the United States and Canada.

Microprogram in Law and Technology Overview

  • Courses: DCL7318 - Law for Technology and DCL7319 - Technology for Law (six credits that could be applied towards certain Masters of Laws (LL.M.))
  • Duration: 36 hours per course  
  • Flexible delivery: online and asynchronous  
  • Language: courses taught in French and in English
  • Admission requirements: holder of an undergraduate law degree
  • University fees: see Part-time-Regular student fees (Students completing the microprogram and moving after to applicable LL.M. programs (admission not guaranteed) could be offered a scholarship equivalent to the fees paid for the microprogram offsetting the usual LLM tuition fees, distributed over the several semesters of the LLM program. Certain conditions apply.
  • Start date: January 2021

To Request Admission

  • Send an email titled “Admission to the Microprogram in Law and Technology” to LLMPHD@uottawa.ca
  • Include the following documents:
  1. A cover letter (maximum 200 words) stating your reasons for taking this microprogram

  2. An up-to-date curriculum vitae

  3. All your university transcripts (unofficial copies)

  4. Registration form duly completed

"In the Technology for Law course, I learned to efficiently analyze enormous quantities of text. This includes analyzing all of Canada's Extradition Treaties, the world's constitutions, and so much more. The class also served as a springboard to other opportunities. Since taking it, I have had the opportunity to work on projects with the Director of Innovation at a large national law firm."

Nicolas Kastings, student (J.D. 2021)

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DCL7318
Law for Technology  
Professors:
Céline Castets-Renard and
Florian Martin-Bariteau

 

DCL7319
Technology for Law 
Professor:
Wolfgang Alschner

This course provides an overview of the legal issues in the digital context and surrounding automated technologies (e.g., Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Robotics). The objective of the course is to provide students with the necessary tools to understand the social and legal issues surrounding technologies, both in Canada and from an international and comparative perspective (e.g. European Union and the United States).

   

This course provides a practical introduction to legal technology, and its impact on the profession and the legal system. The objective of the course is to provide basic programming skills to understand, create and evaluate these technological applications.

 

Interact with Canadian leaders in law and technology.

The Microprogram in Law and Technology is taught by three professors that are part of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society at the University of Ottawa. You will find yourself at the crossroads of the legal developments and advanced methods used to tackle important questions related to issues such as smart cities, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity.

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