The new center encompasses the existing elements of the college’s Digital Initiative, which is built around three core elements: (1) the common platform of the iPad, given to students at no cost; (2) a digital training curriculum that educates OU Law students to use technology for productivity in law school and in practice; and (3) the Inasmuch Foundation Collaborative Learning Center, a state-of-the-art space dedicated to connecting students to one another, and to the people and societies they will serve.
The OU Law Center for Technology and Innovation in Practice also will include technology certifications and opportunities to explore new law practice technology. Students can earn certifications through the Legal Technology Core Competencies Certification Coalition (LTC4), a nonprofit that has established legal technology core competencies and certification that all law firms can use to measure ongoing efficiency improvements. In addition to training students on the use of current technologies, the center will investigate new and emerging technologies for use in the law school curriculum as well as in law practice. The center is exploring virtual, augmented and mixed reality use scenarios in law practice, as well as implementing artificial intelligence tools in legal research and document drafting. Future offerings through the center may include an incubation program, which could provide recent OU Law graduates with the foundational technologies, training, and tools that all start-up law firms need to succeed in today’s legal market.