Dr Harvey teaches law and information technology to 60 students a year but believes we should be aiming for the model used at Georgetown University, Washington DC.
“Georgetown runs a special law technology course. They say okay, we have teamed up with Neota Logic [AI software],” he says. “We want you to take the financial regulations involved in international currency transactions and design systems that will automate the advice clients need to engage in trading the Euro or Swiss Francs, or whatever.
“The student has to deconstruct the regulations and use Neota Logic to build an advice-giving system which will work and more importantly give the right answers. Now that to me is unbelievable fun.”
Hire millennials (yes, millennials)
Maxwell Smith epitomises the technologically sophisticated digital natives Dr Harvey says the sector needs, comfortable working at newly-emerging interfaces between law, technology and other disciplines.
They are flexible, prefer team-work, can transcend boundaries and are interested in working for companies with forward-looking cultures - where their ideas for using technology to problem-solve and work faster, more accurately and efficiently will be listened to.
They want to add value and they want working environments where their ongoing professional and technical development will be fostered.
Smith - 24 years old - is a corporate solicitor with Bell Gully. He completed a conjoint LLB/BA majoring in psychology at UoA.