Intelligent technologies have already made inroads into many aspects of our daily lives. The legal world has not been unaffected, either. For example, in the US, intelligent information retrieval in electronically stored documents (e-discovery) has become annually a billion-dollar business in less than ten years. And this is just the beginning, as emerging technologies are expected start to transform both the workplace and the marketplace for lawyers profoundly in the next few years.
By learning about state of the art in legal technology, its historical and scientific roots in legal informatics and expected developments in the (near) future, the student becomes better equipped to handle the existing and emerging legal technologies and their impact on the practice of law as well as to consider possible options for his or her own legal career in this particular field.