Smart Room Legal Tech

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What is the "Smart Room Legal Tech"?

What does digitalisation look like in the legal field? What new tools can support and permanently facilitate legal work? The "Legal Tech" Smart Room at the University of Potsdam, which started its work at the beginning of the winter semester 2021/22, deals with these and other questions. In this special format of the university scholarship programme, ten law and computer science students are jointly exploring the transformation potential of technologies on the legal profession. The Smart Room, whose participants receive a university scholarship, is sponsored and professionally accompanied by the law firm ADVANT Beiten. Together with the law firm ADVANT Beiten, the University of Potsdam organises four workshops for the ten students spread over a year. The Smart Room Legal Tech is also always held in consultation and cooperation with the course "Legal Informatics & Legal Tech", which is designed as a key qualification and is offered under the leadership of Prof. Dr Steinrötter together with lawyer Johannes Wagner and other lecturers.

 

Why "Legal Tech"?

In the Smart Room "Legal Tech", law students are to face the challenges of the changing legal market, especially due to digitalisation. The emerging technologies gave a new stimulus to the discussion about informational fields of application in the application of law. Furthermore, in the age of digital medical technology or self-driving cars, it will become increasingly important, for example, to integrate questions of data protection and other legally relevant effects on the consumer earlier and earlier in the design process of products themselves. The Smart Room aims to sensitise law students to the increasing relevance of legal-tech applications in supporting legal practice, in consumer enforcement and with regard to official decisions - keyword "robo judges". The Smart Room offers future lawyers a new framework for thinking with valuable tools and instruments - with which sustainable solutions in the area of "legal tech" can be developed.

 


Prof. Dr. Florian J. Schweigert, Vice President for International Affairs and Fundraising

„We are particularly proud of our newly developed formats. The promotion and networking of excellent young researchers in thematically focused think tanks puts emphasis on the development of all potentials.“

Supporting Bright Ideas and Minds

We are constantly looking for supporters to help us implement the think tanks. Support 15 students from different disciplines in a think tank with a total of 35,000 euros per year:

  • 15 scholarships of 1,800 euros each (a total of 27,000 euros).
  • The Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Germany contributes the same amount (matching funds).
  • 8,000 euros will be used for the design of the program, e.g. for BarCamp, "Bergfest" or the presentation of the results

Prof. Dr. Florian J. Schweigert, Vice President for International Affairs and Fundraising

„We are particularly proud of our newly developed formats. The promotion and networking of excellent young researchers in thematically focused think tanks puts emphasis on the development of all potentials.“