**UPDATE: The Conflict Analytics Lab will continue to accept applications based on a rolling admissions basis. Application review will commence on August 4th, 2023 and will continue on a rolling basis until August 31, 2023.**

Application Due Date: August 31st, 2023 at 4:00pm. Candidates will be selected for an interview on a rolling basis.  

The Conflict Analytics Lab is a cutting-edge research consortium applying AI and data science to the dispute resolution process. Our Clinical Course is a project-focused practical experience that provides students with an opportunity to collaborate with computer scientists, lawyers, and high-level stakeholders to build legal technology. This course is offered in association with the Smith School of Business, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the Ingenuity Lab.

This course awards 4 credits per semester and gives students a distinctive opportunity to gain practical experience in project management, legal research, and the application of AI to ongoing legal issues. Students will also attend weekly group meetings with the Lab’s Directors and Program Managers, as well as guest lectures and discussions with leading individuals in the field, to obtain comprehensive student support.

In the upcoming academic year, the Lab will be working on projects including but not limited to:

  • OpenJustice – Generative AI for Law
  • Misinformation and Hate Speech Assessment
  • Deel Classification Algorithm and Policy Research on:
    • 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)
  • Information Privacy (a look into assessing compliance in data privacy)

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.

The practicum course is offered both in the Fall semester and the Winter semester. Preference is given to those available for the full academic year and past CAL members.

Course Time: Tuesdays at 5:30-7:30pm (Fall and Winter)


Applicants are required to submit the following materials:

  1. A Statement of Interest: This should indicate your interest in legal tech, why you believe you’re a good fit for the clinic, and whether you want to take the course in the fall, winter, or both semesters;
  2. A current CV; and
  3. Transcripts.

Please send your application materials to David Liang (david.liang@queensu.ca) by August 31st, 2023 at 4:00pm. Applicants are highly encouraged to submit their applications as selection will start on August 4th, 2023.

Please Use Subject Title: “LAW551 2023-2024, Last Name, First Name” and submit the application as a single PDF.

Selected applicants will be contacted for a short interview. We thank all applicants who apply to this position; however, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

For incoming 1L students, please see our post for the 1L Certificate Program.