Research Assistant LegalTech

Swansea University

Full time

Swansea, UK

Mar 25

The Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law seeks to appoint a Research Assistant to support LegalTech research and innovation in the Legal Innovation Lab Wales. The successful candidate will evidence interest in and experience of research into innovative technologies (for example, blockchain, smart contracts, natural language processing, machine learning, etc.) applied to law and the legal profession.

The work of the School in LegalTech aims to create a cohesive and collaborative academic community, bridging the gaps between law, computer science and other disciplines, while working in partnership with the legal sector and other stakeholders to (i) apply cutting-edge technologies to legal practice and research, (ii) contribute to the creation of a suitable normative environment to support the application of such technologies to law, and (iii) deliver innovative LegalTech training to current and future generations of lawyers.

The School has recently opened the Legal Innovation Lab Wales, a £5.6 million initiative supported by the Welsh European Funding Office with £4 million of European Regional Development Funds. The Lab is a unique environment that supports applied and empirical research in LegalTech, with the aim of developing prototypes and proofs of concept in partnership with the legal sector. The Lab is supported by a team of developers and has special facilities for AI research and collaborative spaces for academia-industry collaborations, as well as a Cyber Threats research center and a Law Clinic.

The post holder will be part of an enthusiastic, innovative and interdisciplinary legal innovation community, comprising a plurality of academics, research assistants and master students, which collaborate closely with colleagues across the full breadth of the research conducted in the School of Law, the department of Computer Science and other departments of the University.

The role is suitable for early-career academics, with backgrounds in Law and/or Computer Science (or other relevant subjects), who wish to develop transformative LegalTech research in an extremely dynamic and supportive environment. Applicants with relevant industry backgrounds and LegalTech experience are also welcome to apply.

This role is funded by the Welsh European Funding Office through the Legal Innovation Lab Wales operation.

Essential criteria:

  • A Master’s level degree in Law, Computer Science or other cognate/relevant discipline (e.g. Linguistics, Psychology, Economics, etc., if a demonstrable link with LegalTech research can be evidenced).
  • Evidence of the ability to actively engage in and contribute to writing and publishing research papers, particularly for refereed journals.
  • A demonstrable ability to conduct research in line with the objectives of the Legal Innovation Lab Wales.
  • Evidence of planning skills to contribute to the administration of the Legal Innovation Lab Wales.
  • A commitment to continuous professional development


Desirable Criteria

  • A PhD on a topic related to LegalTech, broadly construed.

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