Algo Legal, in association with The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), Kolkata has launched a unique Legal Innovation and Technology Course for students of the university. The course will commence from December 15th and is spread across a period of 8 weeks.

The course seeks to emphasize on a practical approach to ensure that law students and young professionals gain insight into the legal industry from the perspective of a new age lawyer. The course will be guided by inputs from industry experts across legal technology and innovation areas, including names like Anders Spile (Contractbook), Deborah Vella (Support Legal), John Matheson (Quant Legal Tech), embedding the concept of innovation, and delivering legal services differently.

‘The lawyers of tomorrow will be professionals who are multi-faceted and equipped with the knowledge and expertise to practice law while adapting and implementing to the changes that technology will infuse into the industry. Algo Legal has been committed to the vision of fostering innovation and tech adoption in the legal ecosystem since its inception. Our course was curated thoughtfully over the past several months with the intention to bring practice innovation, share the best practices on the ‘how to’ and benefits of legal tech and to make law students and legal professionals future ready for the evolving law practice.’ said Sandeep Kapoor, Founder and Managing Partner, Algo Legal.

The curriculum of the course has a diverse set of interesting subjects from insights on data digitalization and smart documentation to concepts of legal design thinking and culture of compliance. The course currently has 18 sessions that will spread across eight weeks and will see a unique mix of internal and external experts taking the students through the basics of legal innovation and technology.

‘Future lawyers require augmented skills such as process and project management, basics of legal technology and innovation, smart documentation, managing legal operations, etc. for a holistic approach towards legal practice. This course brings forth valuable insights and practical knowledge of the legal industry experts to the next generation lawyers to transform and equip them to be relevant in the current era.’ said Rasmeet Charya, Chief Innovation Officer, Algo Legal.

Anders Spile, Director of Business Development, Contractbook said ‘The legal industry as a whole is currently undergoing the most significant change it has ever seen. For legal professionals who want to succeed in a new reality, it is paramount that they become comfortable in a reality that includes ongoing innovation, and learn how to leverage legal technology to deliver services to clients, that demand a collaboration suited for the 21st century. This course will establish a solid foundation for the understanding of innovation in the legal industry and give real life examples on how legal technology is leveraged to increase the value skilled legal professionals bring to the table’.

Speaking about the partnership Dr. N.K. Chakrabarti, Vice Chancellor, NUJS said “Given the rapid advance being made by technology in all domains including the legal sector, it is imperative that law students are exposed at the earliest to the fundamentals of usage of legal technology and its various short-term and long-term implications for their chosen sector. Not only would such exposure prepare them to be better professionals capable of optimizing their effectiveness in the world outside the university, but it might also trigger ideas latent in them and pave the way for future innovation and growth. As an institution committed to educational excellence, we at NUJS are glad that our students are getting such an opportunity offered to them by a reputed law firm such as Algo Legal and the domain experts who are going to offer this course. Hopefully, this marks the start of a long and fruitful collaborative relationship that would help our students turn into next generation lawyers comfortable with wielding legal technology to solve a multitude of problems in the legal domain.”