In today’s rapidly evolving world, technology has penetrated almost every aspect of our lives. One area that has experienced significant transformation is the legal sector. Legal technology, often referred to as Legal Tech, has the potential to impact the way we access justice by breaking down barriers, streamlining processes, and reducing costs. The development of Legal tech is redefining what it means to seek and obtain justice in the 21st century.

Challenges Faced By Individuals in Accessing Justice:

  • Accessing legal help has traditionally been difficult for many people. Legal services are expensive, confusing to navigate, and often inaccessible for those with limited means.
  • The high legal advice and representation costs put justice out of reach for most individuals. Legal fees can easily cost hundreds of dollars per hour, making even basic legal services unaffordable for many.
  • The legal system is complex, with many procedural rules and industry jargon that non-lawyers cannot understand. This complexity creates barriers for people trying to advocate for themselves.
  • Limited access to transportation and technology also impacts most people’s ability to access legal resources. Those without reliable transit or internet access face obstacles when finding and connecting with available legal services.
  • Most people have limited time to research legal issues, draft documents, and represent themselves in court. The time required can mean missing work and lost wages.

Bridging the Justice Gap: How Legal Tech Addresses the Problem

Legal tech solutions like online legal document services and chatbots make the law more accessible. These tools allow you to generate, review and sign common legal forms on time. Chatbots can also provide basic legal information and advice for free.

Virtual legal clinics and nonprofit organizations leverage software to reach more needy people. Web-based intake systems, for example, allow individuals to apply for pro bono assistance remotely. Lawyers can then review applications digitally and connect with clients via video chat.

Some courts are adopting new technologies to improve the user experience. Online dispute resolution, electronic filing, and smart forms make the legal process easier for self-represented litigants. Digital services also expand access for those with limited mobility or transportation options.

Join the TI:GER Program Today

Legal tech is revolutionizing the legal industry and making the law more accessible. While the justice system still has a long way to go to provide equal access for people from all walks of life, these new technologies are helping us move in the right direction.

If you are a student passionate about using technology to drive social change, the TI:GER (Technological Innovation: Generating Economic Results) program could be a fantastic opportunity. Submit your application today to get started. You will have the opportunity to work on meaningful projects, build critical skills, gain experience in the tech field, and become part of a community creating innovative solutions to global challenges.