** UPDATE: The Conflict Analytics Lab will be continuing to accept applications based on a rolling admissions basis. Please submit your application for review as soon as possible. We will be accepting a limited number of applications until August 31, 2022.**

Applications Due: August 31st, 2022 at 4:00pm

The Conflict Analytics Lab is a research-based consortium that harnesses AI and data science to the dispute resolution process. The Conflict Analytics Lab’s Practicum is a project-based course that involves working with computer scientists, lawyers and/or high-level stakeholders to build legal technology. The course is offered in collaboration with Smith School of Business AI Ecosystem along with the Ingenuity Lab. Students can choose to take the course in either the Fall semester (2 credits), the Winter semester (2 credits), or both (4 semesters). Preference will be given to those available for the full year.

The practicum provides students with the unique opportunity to gain a hands-on, practical experience in project management, legal research, and learning about the application of AI to answer various ongoing legal questions. Students are supported via weekly group meetings with the Lab’s Directors and Program Managers. Additionally, the Lab provides guest lectures and discussions planned throughout the course with individuals such as Rob Morris (COO, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP) and Maxime Cohen (Professor, McGill University) in the past.

Students have the chance to gain hands-on experience with answering questions that arise at the intersection of AI and legal research. To see more of CAL’s work in promoting access-to-justice via free AI-powered legal advice to the public, please visit: https://myopencourt.org.

Currently, the Lab is working on projects in the following fields:

· Taxation (stock options and tax system for independent contractors)

· Remote Worker Rights (Global pensions, stock options, IP, leasing of EOR)

· Employment Law (determination of worker status; series of predictive employment tools that determines whether a worker is entitled to minimum wage, overtime pay, and vacation pay; harassment investigation process assessor)

· Dispute Settlement (an intelligent negotiation system)

· Social Media (a tool dedicated to hate speech determination)

· Information Privacy (a look into assessing compliance in data privacy)

· Covid-19 (Vaccine Mediator, in partnership with the British Institute of Comparative Law, and Oxford University)

· Trademark Law (risk-of-confusion assessment)

Course Time: Wednesdays at 5-7pm (Fall) and Mondays 4-6pm (Winter)


Please submit a 300-word statement of interest outlining your interest in the Lab and any relevant experience. Please indicate if you would like to take the course in the fall, winter, or both semesters in the statement of interest.

Please send your applications to Professor Samuel Dahan (Samuel.dahan@queensu.ca), with a CC to David Liang (david.liang@queensu.ca) and Solinne Jung (solinne.jung@queensu.ca) by August 31st, 2022 at 4:00pm for LAW551.

Please Use Subject Title: “LAW551 2022-2023, Last Name, First Name”.

Note: Past and present CAL students are given preference when selecting summer interns and applying to LAW 551.

If you are an incoming 1L, please see our post for the 1L Certificate Program.