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Historic partnership with Josef is future-proofing our Law students

Hugh McFaul Open Justice Centre Director

The Open Justice Centre is the first UK university to use legal automation platform Josef to educate Law students, as part of its Digital Justice project. In collaboration with Josef, final year OU Law students are spending 12 weeks designing and building a legal bot (software application) that addresses an area of legal need, such as domestic violence or divorce.

Josef is used by the best legal teams around the world, including Clifford Chance and Herbert Smith Freehills. It focuses on making legal services more accessible, efficient and seamless by empowering lawyers to automate parts of their day-to-day work, including lawyer-client interactions, document drafting and providing legal guidance and advice.

Hugh McFaul (pictured), Co-Director of the Open Justice Centre, said: “It’s wonderful to see Josef giving our students such insight into how the legal world is moving on in this modern, technological age. The collaboration is future-proofing our Law students and helping them to develop technical, project management and design skills, while encouraging them to consider how we might close the access to justice gap. Experience like this is invaluable.”

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