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Strathclyde University Law School Students Embrace Big Data Technology

Duncan MacRae


Students have been given free access to Nalytics’ platform to prepare them for careers that will require an understanding of big data.

Glasgow, London and Amsterdam-based technology firm, Nalytics, is working with Strathclyde University’s Law School post-graduate students on a new project dedicated to promoting digital transformation in legal education.

By giving free access to the Nalytics search and discovery platform to students on the Diploma in Professional Legal Studies, the project aims to help students develop a greater understanding of legal technology and more importantly, its applications in tackling a range of big data problems.

Better prepared

David Rivett, Nalytics COO, said: “The Nalytics and University of Strathclyde Law School Project aims to provide post-graduate students with ‘hands-on experience’ of a real legal tech tool – Nalytics. This experience will better prepare them for careers which will inevitably call for a greater understanding of big data and the technologies used to effectively manage it.”

The notion that the technological revolution is here to replace lawyers is often overhyped, and undermines its value, according to Rivett.

“We believe technology should enhance human ability not replace it and this project will help to reinforce this,” he said.

Frances Murray, deputy director of the Diploma in Professional Legal Studies at Strathclyde Law School, said: “Using Nalytics will enable our students to develop an understanding of legal innovation and why and how the emergence of new technologies will benefit them.

“Not only will Nalytics improve their ability to comprehend and extract knowledge from big data, it will also offer students an opportunity to make use of an advanced legal productivity tool for a wide variety of legal use cases they may have to work on when they graduate.

“One of our Strathclyde Law School Alumni is an Innovation Manager at one of the biggest law firms in Scotland – knowing he himself uses Nalytics is even more reason for our students to see the benefits of using a legal tech tool like this.

“We are very much looking forward to working with Nalytics and I know the students are excited to have the opportunity to work with such a dynamic and innovative legal tech tool that they themselves may be using one day in the workplace.”

Duncan MacRae


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