Legal Expert Systems

Course Title: Expert Legal Systems 


An expert legal system is a domain-specific expert system that uses artificial intelligence to emulate the decision-making abilities of a human expert in the field of law.  Legal expert systems employ an inference engine to accumulate, reference and produce expert knowledge on specific issues within the law. The use of these software applications to provide guidance to users over the Internet, to supplement the advice of attorney, is increasing as these systems become easier to develop.

Government agencies, law firms, corporate legal departments, legal aid agencies, are all potential user's of legal expert systems to provide on-line guidance to their users.

Participants will learn about the underlying theory of legal expert systems development and have the opportunity to develop   legal expert system that can be used by their law firm.

Background Resources on this subject:

What are Legal Expert Systems?

See: Serving Justice With Conversational Law: Expert Legal Systems are Here, by David Johnson.

"Creating law 2.0 - Lawyers of tomorrow and knowledge engineers of Today" from the NeotaBlog

An Expert System for Legal Clinics

Faculty: Marc Lauritsen

Faculty: Marc Lauritsen

J.D. Harvard Law School;
B.S..Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Marc Lauritsen is president of Capstone Practice Systems. Capstone advises, trains, and builds systems for top law firms and departments, as well as many nonprofit organizations. Capstone builds custom document drafting systems for law firms, legal departments, and other organizations, delivers training for users and developers, and advises organizations on software selection and project design.

Marc has served as a poverty lawyer, taught in and directed the clinical program at Harvard Law School, done path- breaking work on document automation and artificial intelligence, and been an executive in several startups.

He has also served as Senior Research Associate for Practice Technology at Harvard Law School where he conducted research on applications of computers to law practice and the implications of that technology for the legal profession. He also served as Director of Lawyering Information Systems at Harvard where he developed and studied computer-based practice systems for use in the law school's teaching clinics. 

He’s a leader in international law and technology organizations, a fellow of the College of Law Practice Management, and co-chair of the American Bar Association’s eLawyering Task Force. 

Marc is author off The Lawyer's Guide to Working Smarter with Knowledge Tools (ABA 2010). 

Marc is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S.) and Harvard Law School (J.D.).