Specially designed for Escuela de Práctica Jurídica UCM, this 6-week online training programme, designed and taught by academic staff of the University of Law, will provide an introductory and practical approach to key topics within new technologies law issues. In addition, an emphasis will be provided on developing delegates legal English skills, focussing primarily on vocabulary, written style and spoken communication in legal contexts.

The programme is designed to provide a conceptual understanding of the fundamental shift disruptive technologies are causing a in the way legal practice operates. Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain technology help achieve different goals when it comes to digital data and the impact of these technologies should not be underestimated.

The course discusses AI enabled platforms that facilitate the process of document automation, document analysis, contract review and client engagement. It also covers concepts of distributed ledger and Blockchain technology, as immutable sets of records with time-stamped signatures. Delegates are encouraged to assess whether the technology is capable of significantly reducing the number of disputes firms have to deal with. Participants will also be invited to consider the impact of smart contracts and their capability to contribute towards a more secure, standardised and more efficient legal ecosystem.

The programme follows blended approach offering students additional consolidating information and includes interactive exercises and group work.

Plan de Estudios

Session 1 (2hrs)
English Legal System
Part 1: Common or Case Law: What is the common law and how it has developed and its relationship with the law of equity.
Part 2: The doctrine of precedent: Including the concept of the ratio decidendi and the obiter dictum.
Part 3: Hierarchy of the courts: Determining which courts’ decisions are binding and how judges distinguish cases.
Part 4: Legislation: Doctrine of Parliamentary Sovereignty; contrasting the position in the USA. An analysis of Brexit as an illustration of Parliamentary Sovereignty
Part 5: How solicitors qualify to practice Process of qualification in England & Wales including the new SQE exam. Comparison with qualifying in the USA

Session 2 (2hrs)
UK & US Legal Industry: organisations, main players and structures
Part 1: Review of regulatory framework governing how legal services are provided in England and Wales and how the Legal Services Board regulates Approved Regulators to provide ‘reserved legal services’.
Part 2: Legal Institutions:
Law Society, Legal Ombudsman, the Compensation Fund and the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal
Part 3: SRA Codes of Conduct: Overview of the Codes of Conduct which practising solicitors and firms of solicitors must comply with.
Part 4: Solicitors and Barristers
Explanation as to why there is a split profession in England and Wales and the similarities and the differences between the professions
Part 5: Comparison with USA

Session 3 (2hrs)
Automation of legal profession
Part 1: Why the disruptor disrupts? Discussion of the concept of disruptive technologies and their characteristic traits. Delegates are invited to discuss previous waves of automation and identify the critical differences industries are facing in the current ‘4th Industrial Revolution.’
Part 2: Automation in the Legal Industry:
An issue-driven approach is employed to help understand which legal skills are susceptible to automation and how these could be identified to help strategize around the adoption of legal technology tools in the work place.
Part 3: Hands on Legal Automation:
Discussion of automation tools currently present on the market (client matter management systems, document automation tools, client-facing interfaces). Discussion is followed by a hands on exercise using Thomson Reuters HighQ platform

Session 4 (2hrs)
AI and use of Machine learning in law
Part 1: Understanding proliferation of AI: An overview of current exponentials that have led to wide use of AI enabled tools.
Part 2: Mapping Types of AI to specific Legal Tasks:
To discourage the common misconception that some types of AI tools are better than the other, delegates are invited to consider various types of AI and their suitability for various legal tasks. Using practice inspired issue-driven approach discussion of use cases links various tech functionalities to the specific needs within the legal industry.
Part 3: Machine Learning in Law
Overview of sophisticated Machine Learning Tools and their suitability for specific legal tasks. Followed by a hands on exercise using Thomson Reuters HighQ contract review AI

Session 5 (2hrs)
Blockchain technology, use in the legal industry and client prospective.
Part 1: Concept of Distributed Ledger Technologies
Discussion of the current issues with centralised approach to interactions between parties and how decentralised technologies could help solve these issues.
Part 2: Benefits of Blockchain
An overview of Blockchain functionalities that help secure peer to peer interaction between actors within various industries. Use case examples and discussion of client-driven proliferation of blockchain knowledge in law.
Part 3: Cryptography and Lawyers.
Discussion of the concept of ‘ledger lawyer’ and why legal professionals should understand the fundamentals of cryptography used in Blockchain technology. Discussion of hush function and blocks, asymmetric cryptography and accounts on the legder.

Session 6 (2hrs)
Smart contract technology and crypto-assets.
Part 1: Are they Smart? Are they Contracts? Exploration of the concept of smart contract. How do these compare to traditional natural language contracts. Discussion of contract law rules and whether these could be applied to smart contract technology.
Part 2: Legality of Smart Contract: An overview of the extent of legal intervention in case of smart contract fault. Can courts engage with such instruments and how. UK Law Commission Recommendations.
Part 3: Diving into the World of Crypto-Assets:
Discussion of the concept of Tokenization and how cryptographically represented assets could be traded using blockchian technology. Includer discussion of token classification (Cryptocurrencies as exchange tokens; concepts of utility and security tokens, Non Fungible Tokens).
Part 4: Linking the Worlds:
Exploration of how real world assets could be represented on the blockchain, discussion of concept of oracles and the use of smart contracts as dispute resolution vehicles.


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Rory Collins
Professional Development Tutor, University of Law

Molly Bellamy
Professional Development Tutor, University of Law

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Delegates are expected to have B2 or equivalent in English


Price: £720 (20% VAT included)


When: 24th February – 31st March, Sessions run Thursdays, 2pm – 4pm Madrid time.
Where: Collaborate – ULaw’s online learning platform.
Certificate: Upon successful completion of the programme, EPJ & ULaw will present the delegates with a certificate.