Introduction to Legal Innovation and Technology (DPLP) LAW5178

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Law
  • Credits: 15
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

An elective course within the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice. It will equip students with practical skills to assist them in practising in any area of law.


5 x 1 hour lecture

11 x 2 hour tutorial

Delivery of these Module elements will, in the main, be by such IT-based methods as are currently utilised by the School or other departments, for example MOOCs, Webinars etc . 

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements


Recommended Entry Requirements


Excluded Courses





1. Tutorial preparation, performance and participation 20%

2. Presentation of Toolkit 40%

3. Presentation of Strategic Plan 40%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The course aims are:


1. To provide students with an introduction to legal innovation and how this impact law in practise;

2. To allow students the opportunity to apply technology to the law by way of understanding coding and systems utilised by legal practices;

3. To introduce students to how technology assists access to justice;

4. To enable students to understand basic intellectual property issues;

5. To develop students' understanding of Alternative Business Structures (ABS) in law.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


1. Demonstrate understanding of how Information Technology, Artificial Intelligence and Legal Informatics are changing the legal landscape;

2. Apply knowledge of technology in law to practical issues eg cybersecurity, data and privacy and the digital economy;

3. Understand coding and legal software at a basic level;

4. Understand the business of law, including Alternative Business Structures and how this can affect career development.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Attendance at tutorials is compulsory. Credit will be refused if a student fails to attend a tutorial without good cause.


The requirements for the award of the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice is 120 credits


(a) candidates to achieve a grade D or better in all courses.

(b) candidates to achieve a grade D or better in each component part of each course.