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The Centre

The Ulster University Legal Innovation Centre brings together research into the application and impact of new legal technology and opportunities for the education and training of current and future lawyers in essential legal tech skills.

Overall, the Centre will reinforce the growth of a legal technology cluster in Northern Ireland, thereby enhancing the attraction and retention of FDI in financial and professional services. 

A collaboration between the School of Law and the School of Computing and Intelligent Systems, the Centre will deliver:

  • Education in legal technology, to law students and the local legal profession
  • Experience of legal technology in a clinical setting, to law students
  • Research on legal technology and its impacts, for industry clients and the academic community

Ulster University collaboration

Ulster University was included, for the first time, in the prestigious Times Higher Education ranking of the top 150 universities under 50 years old. We are a modern and dynamic university, enabling a cohort of almost 27,000 students to meet their personal and professional ambitions. Students at Ulster University are among the most satisfied in the UK according to the 2015 National Student Survey, in which the University achieved 89% on the overall satisfaction score.  In addition the 2014 Research Excellence Framework identified Ulster University as one of the top 25% of UK universities for world-leading research, based on research power.

School of Law

Ulster University Law School has world renowned expertise in Human Rights and in Clinical Legal Education, coupled to a developing focus on Legal Technology.  It marries a focus on research excellence in an applied sense, with an ethic of providing highly employable skilled graduates.  In the most recent UK wide audit of research excellence it placed overall 4th in the UK, and 1st in research 'impact' – a measure of the social significance and value of research undertaken.   These results eclipse those of other larger and more resourced Schools.  In line with the broader University mission it actively seeks out industry collaboration in order to influence social change in a positive direction.

Faculty of Computing and Engineering

Research in Computer Science and Informatics at Ulster University is carried out within the Computer Science Research Institute (CSRI), established in 2004 as part of Ulster's institutional research strategy. The CSRI currently comprises 45 academic staff, together with research associates and research fellows, and approximately 100 doctoral research students. Within the CSRI, there is a strong emphasis on research output quality, with frequent publication in the leading academic journals and conferences. Much of the research within CSRI is supported by highly competitive awards from external funding bodies. Our funding from the EU Framework 7 programmes also remains well above the UK average for the discipline. The Intelligent Systems Research Centre, ISRC, is a research group within the CSRI. The group was founded in 1997 and is currently composed of 30 academic staff and 28 research students, some of whom are funded directly from industry.

The University is uniquely placed to bring together the complementary disciplines required for a Legal Innovation Centre.