Associate Professor Wayne Rumbles, lead for the TeLENZ project funded by the NZ Law Foundation, will undertake a series of investigative trips to North America for the project. Wayne will be researching the infusion of legal technology content into law programs and curricula at various universities across the USA.

Boston Massachusetts is the destination for Wayne’s first trip in September 2019. During his visit, Wayne will meet with law technology specialists from Suffolk University Law School, Northeastern University School of Law and Harvard University to discuss and review innovative legal education technology initiatives implemented by these Law Schools.

Suffolk University Law School in Boston is recognised as a leading North American law school for legal technology. Suffolk Law has implemented a Legal Innovation and Technology concentration in their law programme to better prepare law students for the evolving practice of law in the 21st century. Suffolk Law also offer a range of other initiatives in legal education including a Legal Innovation and Technology Lab, and an online legal technology and innovation certificate program.

Northeastern University School of Law has a dedicated centre for law innovation (CLIC: Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity) which collaborates with the NuLawLab. The NuLawLab pursues ways of re-imagining approaches to legal empowerment, especially utilising technology.

The Harvard Library Innovation Lab is a transformative project seeking to investigate, support and implement innovation at the intersection of law, technology and librarianship. Examples of current projects include The Caselaw Access Project, H2O and Perma.cc .

These exciting initiatives will provide insight about the developing transformation of legal education globally and guide thinking on ways to incorporate greater legal technology content into New Zealand university legal education.