UCI Law Receives Grant to Bolster Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technologies Curriculum


IRVINE, Calif. (Jan. 23, 2020) — As rapidly developing technologies outpace the law, profound ethical questions and challenges are being raised. At the University of California, Irvine School of Law (UCI Law), faculty members are using their interdisciplinary expertise to ensure that law, policy and ethics keep up with these technological changes, and they are working to develop the practical legal and policy solutions that our world needs today surrounding these issues. 

UCI Law is proud to announce it has received a grant from the UCI Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, whose mission is to support and enhance the creative and scholarly activities of UCI faculty. The grant will help to continue UCI Law’s ongoing efforts to develop curriculum that incorporates artificial intelligence (AI) and emerging technology issues.

“At UCI Law, faculty members are creating an AI curriculum for the 21st century and preparing students for the future,” said Dean L. Song Richardson. “Our students will be ready to meet the demand in the legal market for lawyers who have the skill-set and knowledge to tackle the important impacts these technologies are already having in the legal field.”

The modest grant will be split up into smaller awards and distributed amongst UCI Law Faculty members to support their individual efforts to develop teaching materials that focus on AI across a variety of courses. UCI Law faculty members who are working toward incorporating AI elements into their courses include:

Participating faculty members are expected to not only develop teaching materials, but also attend regular meetings with other grant recipients in order to discuss, test and modify their teaching materials.

More about the Office of Research

Led by the Vice Chancellor for Research and his Senior Leadership team, the Office of Research (OR) works with other campus units to foster an environment for research and artistic activity that facilitates the discovery and dissemination of knowledge in many forms to all levels of society.

OR provides central campus administrative support for UCI’s research programs. It includes Research Administration (RA), University Laboratory Animal Resources (ULAR), Administrative Operations and Research Program Services, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor. Each of these units contributes to the overall objective of facilitating campus research activities in a variety of ways.

About the University of California, Irvine School of Law

The University of California, Irvine School of Law is a visionary law school and provides an innovative and comprehensive curriculum, prioritizes public service, and demonstrates a commitment to diversity within the legal profession. UCI Law students have completed more than 100,000 hours of pro bono work in the past decade. Forty-five percent of UCI Law’s graduates are students of color. The collaborative and interdisciplinary community at UCI Law includes extraordinary students, world-renowned faculty, engaged alumni, and enthusiastic supporters. More information on UCI Law is available here. Please follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ucilaw and SnapChat: ucilaw.

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