A new class at the Michigan State University College of Law is going to try to combine machine learning with legal skills and applications. Machine learning is the science of creating algorithms that will allow a computer to learn from existing data and make predictions or decisions about the future.

The Legal Analytics course will talk about how machine learning can be used for legal functions like predictive coding in e-discovery, case assessments and predictions, forecasting staffing needs, and predicting future judicial behavior from past judicial decisions. It is basically a less-threatening Skynet.

You can watch the class introduction slide show below.

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