Surrey University Stag

LAW AND TECHNOLOGY - 2023/4

Module code: LAW3135

Module Overview

This module considers the legal, regulatory and commercial issues relating to the emergence of new technologies, processes and automation. It reflects on the ensuing impact on the digital economy, the wider business community and legal profession, taking account of the unprecedented transformation in digitisation of the law and how law firms operate in the 21st century.. The module examines how new innovations in law and technology can be used to solve problems and provides students with practical project-based experience. Law students will gain an insight into the social, legal and economic implications of emerging technologies and evaluate the moral and ethical issues related to the automated legal advice tools and the wider ethical concerns of artificial intelligence. 

Module provider

School of Law

Module Leader

WILLIAMS Elizabeth (Schl of Law)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: M200

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 66

Seminar Hours: 33

Guided Learning: 40

Captured Content: 11

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None

Module content

Indicative content includes: 1. Introduction to Law and Technology Unit 1 - Law Tech and the Legal Profession 2. Contract Life Cycle Management 3. Blockchain in the law 4. Smart Contracts 5. Legal Agreement Data Modelling Unit 2 - Fairness, Trust and Automation 6. Algorithmic Fairness 7. Automated Legal Advice 8. Automated Judging Unit 3 - Areas of Law Adapting to New Technology 9. Weaponisation of Fintech: Cryptocurrency  10. Dark Web and Cryptocurrency 11. Global Finance and Extraterritorial Sanctions

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 1000 WORD REFLECTIVE ESSAY 30
Coursework 2000 WORD ESSAY 70

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:


  • Knowledge and understanding of topics covered in seminars

  • Understand the law of emerging technologies

  • Reasoned analysis

  • Evaluation and synthesis of the wider social/moral/ethical context

  • Analytical ability to draw appropriate conclusions, based upon analysis of the issues raised by the questions.

  • Critical engagement in scholarly debate



Summative Assessment: Students are assessed through two pieces of coursework (100%). Assessment 1 will be in the form of 1000 word project-based assessment (30%) Assessment 2 will be in the form of a 2000 word essay (70%)

Formative Assessment and Feedback: Project Based-Assessment - 500 words Essay- 1000 words

Module aims

  • To explore the law of emerging technologies
  • Evaluate how automated technologies and the law can be used to solve social and legal problems
  • Critically assess the social, legal and economic implications of automated technologies
  • Examine the moral and ethical issues related to the automated legal advice tools and the wider ethical concerns of AI
  • Highlight the transformation in digitisation of the law and the way law firms operate in the 21st century

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Analyse the direct and indirect legal implications and consequences of the developmenet of technologies
002 Evaluate the variety of ways in which technology can be used
003 Identify the challenges society grapples with due to new and emerging technologies
004 Understand Contract Lifecycle Management
005 Demonstrate critical and legalistic thinking to solve problems
006 Explore areas for development and reform
007 Demonstrate digital lawyering skills
008 Develop competent and critical arguments regarding the challenges posed by new technologies
009 Demonstrate problem solving skills
010 Demonstrate independent research, legal skills and writing, evaluation, analysis and synthesis KPT
011 Demonstrate an understanding of legal agreement data modelling
012 Critically assess regulatory changes in the management of legal data
013 Demonstrate an understanding of the development of smart contract technology and how a smart contract works.
014 Explore the operational aspects of Blockchain
015 Critically assess cybercrime and cybersecurity concerns in the use of technology
016 Critically evaluate the concept of 'data' and data models
017 Evaluate current and potential developments of the technology applicable to the access to justice sector
018 Critically assess innovations in practice management and innovation to help individuals with legal needs
019 Demonstrate an understanding of the legal issuses created by the Gig Economy

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The teaching strategy adopts a flexible learning approach designed to introduce students to a range of topics through a combination of interactive seminars and group project work, delivered by academics and external legal practitioners (subject to availability).

Digital lawyering skills will be blended with the substantive subject-specific seminars.

The learning and teaching methods would typically comprise:

3 Hour Seminars X 11 weeks

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

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Other information

This module has a capped number and may not be available to ERASMUS and other international exchange students. Please check with the International Engagement Office email: ieo.incoming@surrey.ac.uk

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Law (Law and Technology Pathway) LLB (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Law (Philosophy, Politics and Law Pathway) LLB (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Law LLB (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Law with Criminology LLB (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Law with International Relations LLB (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2023/4 academic year.