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The times they are a-changin’ – Enter the Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things Competition

Artificial Intelligence

Cars that drive themselves, fridges that tell you calorie counts, devices that puts in an Amazon order with a simple voice command. AI, Machine Learning, and the Internet of Things are changing our world every day and creating new legal issues as well. Luckily though, you don’t have to be a Silicon Valley wiz kid to enter this essay competition.

The Center for Legal and Court Technology (CLCT), a joint initiative of William & Mary Law School and the National Center for State Courts, is proud to launch the Innovative Legal Issues Likely To Arise From Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things Writing Competition. CLCT is the world center for courtroom and related technology. Its courtroom, the world’s most technologically advanced, is supported by technology loans from many companies. Thanks to a generous grant from CISCO, CLCT hopes that this competition will help law students explore the challenges that all judges, lawyers, and court officials will face in the future.

What do I submit?

A paper addressing one or more innovative legal issues likely to grow out of Artificial Intelligence or the Internet-of-Things. From AI liability issues to driverless cars, there are tons of issues to choose from. And don’t worry, you don’t need to solve the issue, but if there’s a plausible solution, make sure to include it! Papers should be no longer than 3,500 words including citations.

Can I enter?

Are you a law student in good standing currently enrolled at an accredited law school in the US, EU, or Canada? Then, yes, you can and should enter. Co-authored papers are also welcome, as long as the both authors are currently enrolled law students.

What is the prize?

The first, second, and third prize winners will all receive cash prizes. First place will win $2,500, second place $1,500, and third $1,000. In exceptional cases, the judges may select one or more papers to receive an honorable mention, which does not entail a cash prize. In addition, the winning entry will be posted on the Center for Legal and Court Technology’s website.

How do I submit?

Read the competition guidelines for more on how to correctly format your paper and submission form. Then submit your paper via email to essaycompetition@lists.w…. Entries are due no later than December 1 for students in law schools in US and Canada and December 15 for students in EU law schools.

Alexandra Pratt Alexandra Pratt is a 1L student at the William & Mary Law School and a Graduate Research Fellow at the Center for Legal & Court Technology. She is hoping to become a litigator in her home state of Virginia.