LLAW6285 & JDOC6285

General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW6285 / JDOC6285
Course name: Legal Data and Science [previously named: Computer Programming, Data Mining, and the Law An Applied Introduction]
Programme offered under: LLM Programme / JD Programme
Semester: First
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: No
Credit point value: 9 credit / 6 credits

1.2 Course description

This course offers a hands-on introduction to legal data science and aims to improve students’ understanding of:

1) legal issues that involve technology;
2) the technologies that underlie many legal–tech products; and
3) how technology can be used in empirical legal research.

This class also provides practice in the logical reasoning skills important to many areas of legal practice and improves students’ abilities to communicate with clients in high-tech industries.

No computer programming experience is required. Class operates in a “flipped” manner with weekly homework and readings, and intensive classroom activities that are designed to help students overcome obstacles.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor Ryan Whalen whalen@hku.hk CCT 815 By email

Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Understand the principles of legal data analysis

CLO 2 Achieve a critical appreciation for computational methods and computational thinking

CLO 3 Gain experience collecting, manipulating, and analyzing legal data

CLO 4 Better appreciate the relationship between law and technology

CLO 5 Be able to discuss technology in a clearer and more-informed manner

2.2 LLM and JD Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Please refer to the following link:

LLM – https://course.law.hku.hk/llm-plo/

JD – https://course.law.hku.hk/jd-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
Participation N/A 10% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Weekly homework assignments TBC 20% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
One quiz Class 11 10% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Final project 10 May 2023 60% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
*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

Please refer to the following link: https://www.law.hku.hk/_files/law_programme_grade_descriptors.pdf

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: Python for Everybody: Exploring Data in Python 3 by Charles R. Severance
Recommended reading list: TBA

5.2 Links

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