General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW3272
Course name: LITE Lab: Legal Technology and the Future of the Profession Sandbox
Programme offered under: LLB Programme
Semester: Second
Designated research course: Not applicable
Specialization: Chinese law, Commercial, corporate and financial law, International trade and economic law
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: LLAW3254 (highly recommended but not required)
Course offered to non-law students: Yes
Credit point value: 6 credits

1.2 Course description

With the mainstream introduction of generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) such as ChatGPT, are students prepared for how technology will impact the delivery of legal services and access to justice and their careers? How can they stand out from other candidates applying for internships and traineeships?

This award-winning experiential and interdisciplinary course seeks to prepare students to better understand, engage in and lead the future of the legal profession and inclusive delivery of legal services by enabling them to co-design proof-of-concept lawtech and regtech solutions using no/low code tools with real-world project partners.

In class, students learn and apply industry innovation and technology methodologies (including legal design thinking, business model canvas, agile methodology and computational thinking), share at weekly case rounds and attend LITE Lab’s closed door roundtables comprising Hong Kong’s senior counsel and legal operations leaders. Active learning is required to succeed, as curated online webinars and tools enable more facilitated interactive classroom discussions.

Students co-design with corporate legal and operations departments from leading Hong Kong and multinational corporations, who will be invited to provide feedback at the end of semester presentations, on legal technology proof-of-concepts using the Microsoft Power platform. Students are expected to spend 9-10 hours per week on their projects, with regular check-ins with their project partners. No technical background is required, and more technical students are encouraged to develop on more advanced platforms.

In 2022/23, students focussed on a Microsoft Power Cookbook project with recipes that will benefit lawyers, law schools and NGOs. Students also learned legal prompt engineering and applied and assessed first-hand different GenAI in different legal activities. In the past, students have used different no/low code platforms, worked with Hong Kong NGOs and received mentorship from legal innovation practitioners from a leading international law firm.

LLAW3254 is a LITE Lab@HKU programme foundational course and is highly recommended but not required for enrolment of this course.

This is not a clinical course supervised by a licensed legal practitioner, and so student work product does not constitute legal advice. Like all other Faculty of Law experiential courses, assessment is on a pass/fail basis. Students are warned that inadequate effort during class and for their projects will result in a failing grade, and students may only drop the course after enrolment with the instructor’s consent.

Learn more about LITE Lab@HKU via the student-created website (still being updating) (https://litelab.law.hku.hk/) and via Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/@litelabhku6246/videos ).

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor Brian Tang bwtang@hku.hk CCT 802 By email

Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Demonstrate an understanding of the history, evolution and role legaltech and regtech in society and in the international context.

CLO 2 Demonstrate teamwork, collaboration and project/product management skills to develop legaltech and regtech prototypes focussed on different stakeholders in corporate, law firm, government and civil society.

CLO 3 Demonstrate mindset and skillset to at least use no-code and low-code skills to develop legaltech and regtech prototypes that benefit the different stakeholders.

CLO 4 Demonstrate presentation skills to share and give demos of their prototypes to the different stakeholders, including potentially for the purposes of international competitions.

2.2 LLB Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Please refer to the following link: https://course.law.hku.hk/llb-plo/

2.3 Programme Learning Outcomes to be achieved in this course



3.1 Assessment Summary

Assessment task Due date Weighting Feedback method* Course learning outcomes
Class participation TBC 10% 4, 5 1, 2, 3, 4
Learning reflections TBC 10% 2, 3, 4, 5 1, 2, 3, 4
Project service/ product delivery TBC 40% 2, 3, 4 ,5 1, 2, 3, 4
Final project deliverable TBC 40% 2, 3, 4, 5 1, 2, 3, 4
*Feedback method (to be determined by course teacher)
1 A general course report to be disseminated through Moodle
2 Individual feedback to be disseminated by email / through Moodle
3 Individual review meeting upon appointment
4 Group review meeting
5 In-class verbal feedback

3.2 Assessment Detail

To be advised by course convenor(s).

3.3 Grading Criteria

Students will be assessed on a pass/fail basis.

Learning Activities

4.1 Learning Activity Plan

Seminar: 3 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks
Private study time: 9.5 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks

Remarks: the normative student study load per credit unit is 25 ± 5 hours (ie. 150 ± 30 hours for a 6-credit course), which includes all learning activities and experiences within and outside of classroom, and any assessment task and examinations and associated preparations.

4.2 Details of Learning Activities

To be advised by course convenor(s).

Learning Resources

5.1 Resources

Reading materials: Reading materials are posted on Moodle
Core reading list: TBA
Recommended reading list: TBA

5.2 Links

Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/learning-resources/