Master in Legal Tech - Study Plan

Drive the tech revolution in the legal world

The Legal Tech Program

The Master in Legal Tech explores three international tech hubs over twelve months. Featuring two in-person residentials and one dynamic virtual experience, students gain access to leading professionals in diverse areas of the world, develop a global perspective and approach to law, and build up an extensive cosmopolitan network.

The program is divided into three core blocks—Law for Tech, Tech for Law and Digital Business Transformation. The Law for Tech and Tech for Law blocks explore the developments in each sector from the perspective of the other. This comprehensive subject offering will be complemented by the final block, Digital Business Transformation. Made possible with the collaboration of IE School of Human Sciences and Technology, this block introduces how tech companies structure their business models and consider ways in which this model can be adapted to the legal industry. This module also includes twelve individual sessions where students have the opportunity to develop a digital transformation project for their own organization. At the end of the sessions, successful participants will be awarded an HST certification.

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Liquid Learning at IE University

In this new reality, we understand it’s not always possible to attend class in person. That’s why we developed our Liquid Learning approach, which seamlessly adapts to individual needs and provides equal access to world-class education—whether on campus or online wherever you are.

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THE PROGRAM CALENDAR

*Now more than ever, learning experiences must be flexible. Our innovative Liquid Learning approach allows us to build a seamless ecosystem that flows between face-to-face and online environments. This means, if you’re unable to travel to any of the Legal Tech hubs, you can still participate virtually and gain access to a career-defining and network-enhancing educational experience. With virtual sessions, talks and networking events, you’ll be able to dive into each Legal Tech ecosystem regardless of where you are.

**If participants are able to travel, the IDC module can exceptionally be done online, only by students who cannot be granted visas to travel to Israel.
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ON-CAMPUS PERIODS*

1st On-Campus Period Madrid

March 1st – 12th, 2021

2nd On-Campus Period Herzliya, Israel**

October 10th – 15th, 2021

3rd On-Campus Period Madrid

March 7th – 12th, 2022

Graduation

July,  2022

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ONLINE PERIODS

1st Online Period 

March 19th – July 16th, 2021

Silicon Valley Experience

September 6th  – 17th, 2021

2nd Online Period 

September 20th – October 7th  & October 22th  – December 17th, 2021

3rd Online Period 

January 7th, 2022 – March 3rd, 2022

Forum from Monday to Thursday. 2 Videoconferences every Friday 16.00h to 17.30h / 18.00h to 19.30h (Madrid Time)***

***Please bear in mind that the time zone difference of the videoconferences might slightly change during the program due to the DST (Daylight Saving Time) in Spain or in your own country.

The way you learn

The Master in Legal Tech combines theory with practice, preparing students to tackle each and every obstacle they may encounter as future digital lawyers. You will gain an in-depth knowledge and firsthand insight into the legal sector from the face-to-face sessions and immersive weeks, which you will have the opportunity to put into practice through various legal-based, real-world challenges in collaboration with top international companies.

With commercial, legal and technical experience in challenges backed by world-leading companies, the Master in Legal Tech will set you apart from the rest and catapult you to the top of the legal ladder.

1ST CHALLENGE

The Way you Learn - 1st Challenge | IE Law School

In partnership with Banco Santander and IBM Watson, your first challenge is to create and engineer a chatbot aligned with certain legal and regulatory requirements. This will enable you to explore the practical yet complex reality of robo advice platforms and their growing impact on the legal sector. Led by the bank’s head of digital transformation, you will gain a real insight into the ever-changing landscapes of business, law and technology—and how they all intertwine.

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2ND CHALLENGE

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The second challenge is with Google, and aims to deepen your knowledge of AI, machine learning and deep learning while finetuning your digital skills. Your task is to build two models: one to detect a given pattern in data from images and another to classify documents written in English. This will equip you with the sought-after technical skills you need to excel in the Legal Tech sector.

 

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3RD CHALLENGE

The Way you Learn - 3rd Challenge | IE Law School

In the third challenge, students will be asked to develop assumptions, hypotheses, validate with user research and develop a working application that delivers value around a legal use case (e.g., commercial contracting, transaction or litigation management, etc.) by applying tools and content provided by Thomson Reuters in combination with third party technologies.

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Master in Legal Tech Syllabus

Note: This study plan may be subject to change.

This module explores the myriad legal disciplines that have emerged in the new digital economy, as well as the ways in which traditional legal practices have adapted to meet today’s challenges. Using our distinctive comparative law methodology, participants will dive into digital law, intellectual property and industrial property law, privacy and data protection, corporate and M&A, and digital contracts. You will emerge from this module with the tools and knowledge needed to tackle the biggest challenges impacting legal practices today.

Digital Law

This course will provide students with an introduction to the main principles of digital law. Students will learn the history of the internet, from its formation to the most recent trends in technological regulation. The class analyzes governance of cyberspace, the domain name system, the most relevant principles of cyberlaw, digital ownership, information society liability and e-commerce trends.

Privacy Law in the European Union

In this course, students will learn key aspects of data protection and privacy in Europe. They’ll learn important regulatory frameworks in this field, taking a practical, hands-on view towards compliance. The course will dive into key concepts, core principles, compliance in practice, accountability, risk assessments and more.

IP Law I

This course discusses the challenges in adapting intellectual property (IP) laws to the digital era, and to the ever-growing demands of machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) applications. Students will reflect on these challenges using case studies where copyright and digital technologies intersect. Students will gain a firm understanding of the evolution of copyright, and patent and trademark laws in the digital and AI landscapes.

Digital Contracts

In this course, students will review and discuss the evolution, characteristics and key concepts of digital contracts. Students will be challenged to develop critical thinking skills around applying diverse technology and tools to develop such contracts, while learning to identify and discuss issues that impact the usefulness and adoption of digital contracting mechanisms. At the end of the course, the class will learn how to design and model contractual relationships in ways that can be enhanced through digital contracting technologies.

Privacy, Data Ethics & New Technologies

This course will help students improve overall knowledge and familiarity with existing and new tech governance frameworks. Together, the class will improve their fluency and critical skills in the discussion and use of ethical and legal concepts in the development and governance of new technologies. Ultimately, students will be armed with the necessary legal and ethics-driven skills to not only assess and evaluate the risks and benefits associated with the development and deployment of new technologies, but to map them to existing regulatory and governance frameworks.

Startup: Law M&A

This course is designed to familiarize students with the legal framework of how technology startups operate in the Silicon Valley entrepreneurial ecosystem, from formation through operations, fundraising and company exit.

IP Law II

This course presents the basic types of Intellectual Property in the US with the goal of helping students build a framework for subsequent discussions, during which they will dissect the relationship between patent systems and innovation. Students will be introduced to one of the most actively debated IP issues today: the intersection between industry standards, organizations, technology implementers and the rights of patent holders.

IP Issues in Legaltech Algorithms

Legaltech is built upon increasingly complicated algorithms that require investment in time and capital. However, the legal protection of those algorithms is significant, especially in light of court rulings that have sought to limit the applicability of patent laws to algorithms. In the US, there is an extensive judicial history limiting the scope of patentable subject matter over the course of decades, culminating in the 2014 US Supreme Court ruling Alice Corp v. CLS Bank (573 U.S. 208 [2014]), which established a set of vague guidelines for determining whether an algorithm is patentable subject matter. The class will review this history in the US, as well as in other jurisdictions, to ultimately assess the practical question: How does one employ intellectual property laws to license or protect their invented legaltech algorithms?

Big Data & Legaltech

While algorithms are the essential workhorses of the legaltech industry, they are effectively useless without big data to feed them. Students will learn to identify the limitations of big data that are particular to the legal field, and review the many practical considerations with regard to big data, examining various legal regimes involved in its creation, development, usage and sale. Students will also be tasked with reviewing the different ways by which big data can be legally protected under various IP regimes. The class will culminate by developing an understanding of data governance rules and how they can be applied to legal big data.

Cybersecurity I

This course aims to provide students with an introduction to cybersecurity law, one of the most rapidly growing areas of law today. Students will investigate cyberspace laws and regulations in Israel, particularly as they relate to legaltech. They will be tasked with understanding practical solutions to some of the challenges these laws pose, and how many emerging legaltech products can serve this need and provide the necessary solutions as the field grows.

New technologies and innovation strategies are transforming the way legal services are provided. This module offers participants a closer look at the different technologies impacting the legal industry, including smart contracts, analytics, blockchain and AI. In addition, students have the unique opportunity to acquire the tech skills needed to develop basic solutions to legal service problems. Participants will learn the programming language Python, build basic applications including graphics and interfaces, and develop a smart contract system based on Solidity and Ethereum.

Introduction to Legaltech

This course will provide students with the foundation of legaltech, covering the origins of technology in the legal industry, its evolution and what the industry looks like today. The class is an overview of the state of legaltech, and gives students a map of the relevant companies, institutions, venture capitalists, accelerators and investors that are impacting the industry.

Coding and programming I: First steps

This course will equip students with the fundamentals of coding and programming from scratch using programming language. Students will be required to have access to a desktop or laptop computer that runs Windows, Linux or Mac OS.

Coding and programming II: From test to professional applications

Students will use Python programming language to build on their previously learned foundation of programming. The course will begin with a review of primary principles learned in Coding and programming I, but will challenge students to look deeper with hands-on exercises, including building their own application that generates documents and expanding on it by including graphic elements and a user interface.

Coding and programming III: Web applications

Taking previously learned programming skills from levels I and II, this course’s main objective is to continue the study of programming and transition into web applications. Students will also familiarize themselves with the web technologies to see how Python integrates into this.

Blockchain and smart contracts

Students will grasp the definition of blockchain and its uses, as well as the practical use of smart contracts from a non-developer point of view. The class will focus on understanding how smart contracts work, as well as how to develop simple Solidity-based contracts through the Ethereum public blockchain. Throughout the course, students will be tasked with developing several smart contracts.

Machine Learning and & AI

This course introduces students to a functional understanding of Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Deep Learning and other artificial intelligence topics as applied to legal services. Students will be introduced to the technical assessments of legaltech tools, in order to determine their efficacy and identify how pernicious bias and discrimination can be incorporated into technology. The class will participate in discussions around the strategic use of technology to automate and augment legal-services tasks, including boosting return on investment.

Analytics & E-Discovery

This course will introduce students to the concept of legal analytics, focusing on what they are and how they are created. Students will complete the course with an understanding of the development, and current and future uses of legal analytics by exploring their impact on the business and practice of law.

Disrupting technologies: legaltech

Information technology and artificial intelligence (AI) have fundamentally transformed the nature and practice of law. Buyers of legal services are becoming savvier about the time and cost efficiencies that technology can deliver and, as a result, clients expect their legal services providers to use technology in their practices. This course will explore how AI and analytics-enhanced technology are currently used in legal practice, and how its evolution will continue to shape the legal profession. Throughout the course, the class will be introduced to change-makers who are disrupting the legal industry. They will be asked to grapple with the challenges and opportunities currently facing the legal system and profession. Ultimately, students will leave this course with an understanding of the technology that currently exists and its application to legal processes.

Cybersecurity II

Cybersecurity is one of the fastest-evolving and most impactful landscapes in the regulatory sphere. Proposed initiatives in the areas of Data Protection, Internet of Things, Coordinated Vulnerability Disclosure (CVD) and more are among the most active and developing areas of security regulation around the world. Students will be introduced to this changing landscape, which also serves as an opportunity for innovation, collaboration and harmonization.

Taught in collaboration with world-class digital transformation and technology experts from the IE School of Human Sciences and Technology, this module introduces students to the world’s leading companies. Participants will discover how these (mostly tech) companies structure their business models and consider ways in which this model can be adapted to the legal industry. Students will also learn and practice leading management methodologies used by top digital companies like Google, Amazon and Airbnb. Finally, students will gain the skills and know-how needed to lead digital transformation processes in the legal industry, using the unparalleled transformation and digital expertise of the IE School of Human Sciences and Technology.

Management for Lawyers

Students will be introduced to the most recent changes in management, from traditional methods to modern ones, especially those which may be used in law. A practical approach will allow students to understand the processes used by big companies to innovate and the specific role played by its legal department in that journey.

Digital Business

With a focus on the basic rules applicable to the digital business industry, students will discover the most relevant players, the key services, providers and business models. They will be introduced to the cutting edge of digital technology, as well as the business model behind the most relevant digital companies today.

Method of Innovation for Lawyers

Focusing on the importance of differentiation through creativity, collaboration and transformative thought, students will learn about new trends in the legal market and explore how to effectively create a culture of collaboration through creative problem solving and a change of mindset.

Startup: Business M&A

Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) in the digital and technology industries is a critical component of any company’s development, and growth or decline. This course aims to provide students with a basic understanding of the strategic thinking underpinning M&A decisions in the tech industry and beyond. It draws on the rich history of deals in Silicon Valley, as well as its extraordinary innovation and growth culture. The program will cover an in-depth “typology” of transactions and will culminate with the simulation of an acquisition decision process.

The new legal market

This course will provide students with an understanding of how, why and to what end the legal marketplace has changed, especially throughout the past decade. It will enable students to better appreciate how the practice of law is shrinking and the business of delivering legal service is expanding globally. Finally, students will be challenged to take a broader view of the legal profession, and to discover new career opportunities and elucidate new skill sets required.

Startup nation

Israel, a country the size of New Jersey that is still fighting for its very existence, has become one of the world’s leading startup ecosystems. This course will help answer the question of how Israel became a world leader in innovation and entrepreneurship, particularly in the area of legaltech and the broader high-tech sector. The class will investigate this question and learn about the Israeli legaltech startups and innovation ecosystem.

Digital Transformation Certificate Module

Diagnostic

The legal profession has experienced constant change in recent years, largely due to advances in technology. Furthermore, as the world becomes more complex, an increasing number of factors influence the decision-making process. In this context, a lawyer’s traditional role—centered around providing security and certainty—is giving way to a risk-based approach.

The culmination of these factors presents legal professionals with a seemingly insurmountable challenge: giving immediate answers to complex issues that require diverse and constantly changing information. Overcoming this challenge involves adopting a new approach to the legal profession. As with other business sectors, digital transformation is accelerating these changes, and incorporating disruptive elements will radically alter the legal services environment as we know it.

This module takes an in-depth look at the factors at play, focusing on digital transformation’s role within it. These sessions will help participants gain a general understanding of the basic technologies necessary, as viewed from the user’s perspective.

Digital Strategy

Technological innovation has historically driven human development through industrial revolutions, transforming both production and societal models. We are currently immersed in the fourth industrial revolution, which is proving to be the fastest and most disruptive of all time. While it is a digital-based revolution, its reach extends far beyond technology, affecting society, business and the way we interact.

As a result, the entire competitive environment has changed, and companies in every sector have to contend with new innovative actors across distinct points of the value chain. These new players have experienced unprecedented success due to the development of a disruptive, user-centered business approach. In this sense, technology plays a key role in strategic development, especially when it comes to facilitating new business models.

The most notable factors emerging from the fourth industrial revolution are:

1. New competitive framework. We will study the new dynamics and opportunities present in this competitive environment: the super consumer, the community, social networks, mobility, etc.
2. New business models. In recent years, new digital business models have emerged: e-commerce and marketplace, freemium, subscription, comparators, aggregators, Peer2Peer, crowdfunding.
3. Knowledge and relationship with the client: Digital Marketing, Big Data and customer experience design.

Implementation

Implementing a digital strategy frequently requires a change in company culture, leadership and organizational models. Concepts like resilience, growth mindset and agile teams become commonplace in any digitalized organization.

For managers unfamiliar with this environment, it is essential to adopt new approaches. However achieving this presents a number of challenges:

1. Interdepartmental siloing has to go. Managers need to facilitate decentralization while also encouraging increased global collaboration.
2. Customer expectations have entirely transformed. The way they access services—and the experience throughout the lifecycle—directly impacts the performance of an organization.
3. Employee expectations have also changed. When choosing where to work, today’s top talent often prioritizes the purpose and influence of the projects they will be a part of, alongside the overarching values of the company.
4. Static approaches are no longer sufficient. To keep up with changing contexts, companies need to adopt continuous innovations, while also innovating in their own right.
5. Embracing knowledge-sharing and open innovation. This is vital for organizations in today’s environment, including entering into collaboration with competitors.
Case studies will be used throughout this module to better analyze and understand how different entities in the legal sector have addressed these challenges.

GAIN A DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION CERTIFICATE

The impact of digitization is present in every company and economic sector, and organizations that provide legal services need to adapt to this new challenge. Customer behavior and expectations have changed and digital transformation is necessary to understand this new reality. Beyond addressing customer needs, digitalization allows organizations to compete more efficiently in the market and with higher differential value.

Structured around three sub-modules, the Digital Transformation Certificate module begins by diagnosing the digital maturity of an organization. Students then go on to gain the technological tools, methodologies and business models that allow them to define a digitization project, while assessing the barriers to implementation.
Over twelve individual sessions, participants work on a digitization project tailored toward their organization. The project will have three distinct stages that mirror the three sub-modules, and will have to present their work at the end of each sub-module. Upon completion, each participant will be awarded an exclusive IE School of Human Sciences and Technology certification.

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THE MASTER IN NUMBERS

Tech for law

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A part-time program

IE’s part-time format allows you to continue advancing in your career while you study. With our flexible format, you can balance your classes and academic activities with your professional and personal life in an innovative and international environment. The program combines intensive on-campus periods in Madrid and Herzliya, Israel with online classes and transformative virtual experiences in Silicon Valley.

Through our virtual campus and our WOW Room, you get a challenging and highly interactive educational experience. The well-structured, faculty-led sessions fit into the modern professional’s busy schedule. Engage with other global professionals in synchronous and asynchronous sessions including interactive small groups where you work on real-world, industry-based case studies.

This format is an accurate reflection of how modern global companies operate today.


What Does "Part-Time" Mean?

How Many Hours a Week Will I Have to Invest in Studying? | IE Law School

HOW MANY HOURS A WEEK WILL I HAVE TO INVEST IN STUDYING?

You'll dedicate 20 hrs a week on average to successfully complete your Master's.

Will I Have to Travel to Madrid? | IE Law School

WILL I HAVE TO TRAVEL TO MADRID?

Yes. You'll get to enjoy the beautiful city of Madrid for a total of 3 weeks during your studies to complete our program's face-to-face portions.

Will I Have Residential Periods outside Madrid? | IE Law School

WILL I HAVE RESIDENTIAL PERIODS OUTSIDE MADRID?

Yes, in this Master you will spend 1 week in Herzliya, Israel. Check the calendar.

When Do Live Videoconferences Take Place? | IE Law School

WHEN DO LIVE VIDEOCONFERENCES TAKE PLACE?

All live videoconferences take place on Friday, from 16.00h to 17.30h and from 18.00h to 19.30h (Madrid Time)

Will I Get to Meet my Fellow Students Before Traveling to Madrid? | IE Law School

WILL I GET TO MEET MY FELLOW STUDENTS BEFORE TRAVELING TO MADRID?

Of course. Our program is designed so you can meet your classmates, even if it’s digitally, and start working with them right from the beginning.

Welcome to the WOW ROOM

Our updated, state-of-the-art WOW Room is a virtual learning experience without limits. It allows for enhanced collaboration and networking capabilities, resulting in a dynamic, intercultural exchange of knowledge and ideas. Some of the world’s most innovative technology has gone into producing this unique, lifelike virtual learning experience.

Join in on a free and fluid debate with other ambitious students from any corner of the planet.
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