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This short course will introduce participants to how technology is used in today's legal practice and justice provision.


This short course will introduce participants to how technology is used in today's legal practice and justice provision, and to likely effects on legal education, the landscape of the legal profession and the law more broadly in the foreseeable future. It takes place at the Belfast campus from 5.15pm to 8.15pm for six Tuesdays starting 7 May 2019 and finishing 11 June 2019.

CPD hours are available for Ireland, England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Please contact for a copy of the full course outline.

This course can be taken individually or combined over a period of time towards a Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development

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Traditional law and technology courses have looked to the regulation of new technologies, and therefore the restrictive power of law on the use and development of new technologies (in terms of privacy, intellectual property, security). This short course looks at the other side of the picture; the ways in which new technological developments will influence the future development of law, legal service provision and access to justice. For example:

  • What are the possibilities for online dispute resolution to take on part of the burden that has traditionally devolved to either the courts or more recently tribunals?
  • What are the implications of new informatic developments for particular levels of mundane legal work to be done by intelligent computer systems, and what will remain for human actors?
  • What are the likely knock-on effects for the future of legal education, and for the legal professions?
  • To what degree will future lawyers be required to be legal technologists, and what level of training will they need for this to be realised?
  • How do new forms of technology enabled public legal education address issues of access to justice?
  • What does technology have to do with design thinking, and what is meant by the term ‘visual law’?
  • What legal technologies are currently in practice?

In short, the course will elaborate the changing face of legal practice, give a grounding in basic concepts and technologies, investigate the opportunities and risks of the changing dynamics of law due to increasingly sophisticated informatic systems and look to the changing face of law as a result of these changes.

Elements to include:

(i) Legal technology and transformation in private sector (including: relevant legal software). (ii) Computational Law (including: introduction to coding).
(iii) Artificial Intelligence in Practice (including: Blockchain).
(iv) Access to Justice (including: online dispute resolution and its facilitation by expert systems).
(v) Design thinking and visual law.

Please contact for a copy of the full course outline.

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PgCertPD Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development,


100% Coursework - Written Essay (5000 words). Participants will be provided with 3 questions and expected to submit an essay on 1 of these questions within a 6 week deadline.


This course requires attendance from 5.15pm to 8.15pm for six Tuesday evenings starting 7 May 2019 and finishing 11 June 2019.

Professional recognition

CPD hours are available for Ireland, England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Academic profile

Degree in law or other relevant area.

Entry requirements

Degree in law or other relevant area.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the minimum English entrance requirements of the University and will need to provide recent evidence of this (certified within the last two years).

Most of our courses require a minimum English level of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score under 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement.

Please see details of the English language qualifications and certificates we can accept -

International applicants will also require a short-term study visa. Further information is available at

Start dates

  • 7 May 2019
How to apply


How to apply

The following page explains the postgraduate short course application procedure: (choose postgraduate short courses)

Start dates

  • 7 May 2019

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