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LITE Lab Courses

Course Description

Courses to be offered in Semester 1 (2021/22)

Undergraduate:

Student-made Video on their Experience

LLAW 3254 (2020/21) Cohort – digital platform team

Product and Design

Technology

Operations & People

Marketing

Development

Instructor Email Address
Brian Tang
bwtang@hku.hk

Technology entrepreneurs often seek new and innovative ways of introducing products and services, whether through new business models (eg, fintech, online marketplaces, software-as-a-service) and/or new technologies (eg, use of artificial intelligence (AI), distributed ledger technology (DLT)/ blockchain, Internet of things (IoT)). Inevitably, these intersect with the law and regulations, many of which are still evolving and differ across borders.

This survey course introduces students to the entrepreneurial and legal journey of tech startups and social entrepreneurs, broadly covering the myriad of laws applicable to such entrepreneurs, including organization establishment, operations, funding, negotiating partnerships, protection of assets, and consumer protection, as well as to more cutting-edge areas of data privacy and ABCD technologies (AI, blockchain, cloud and data).

This course welcomes both law and non-law students across the university(regardless of their discipline).

Students in this course are engaged in blended learning/ flipped classroom with curated course content that include online webinars and tools to be reviewed prior to class to enable classroom discussions to be more facilitated and interactive.

Students are also introduced to the innovation and technology methodologies of organisations (startup and established), including the business model canvas, design thinking, and agile project management.

Assessment is primarily based on students creating digital artifacts to demonstrate their learnings, using tools to create document automation, infographics, legal animation explainers, flowcharts, blogs and even chatbots as proposed to and approved by the course instructor on one or more of the class subjects covered. Subject to approval of the course instructor, students may elect to work on larger projects as a team. The semester will end with a final student presentation including invited guests from our ecosystem partners.

Selected final projects will have the opportunity to be hosted on the LITE Lab@HKU website to serve as a resource to more broadly benefit the Hong Kong innovation and technology ecosystem.

This is the foundational course of LITE Lab@HKU programme. It is highly recommended but not required for enrolment in LITE Lab@HKU’s experiential and interdisciplinary classes, such as:

  • Law, Innovation, Technology & Entrepreneurship – Tech Startup Law (LLAW3255 Semester 2);
  • Law, Innovation, Technology & Entrepreneurship – Lawtech & Regtech Sandbox (LLAW3272, Semester 1);
  • Law, Innovation, Technology & Entrepreneurship Internship (LLAW3271, Semester 2).
Assessment Task Weighting
Classroom participation
5%
Peer assessment and review
10%
LITE Lab@HKU website project (team-based)
20%
Final deliverable (individual; team-based upon approval by course instructor)
60%
Final presentation
5%

NGOs share how LITE Lab’s students and tech scale their impact at A2J Virtual Showcase 2021

Legal Departments share how LITE Lab students accelerate their innovation journeys at PoC Final Presentation 2021

Instructor Email Address
Brian Tang
bwtang@hku.hk

The provision of legal, regulatory compliance and justice services, like many other industries, is being transformed by innovation and technology. Private practitioners, legal and compliance departments and non-governmental organisations fostering access to justice (A2J) alike are on this challenging journey, with the advent of new business models and competitors (such as alternative legal service providers, lawtech firms and online dispute resolution), as well as new technologies, such as automation, artificial intelligence and distributed ledger technology/ blockchain.

This experiential and interdisciplinary course seeks to prepare students to better understand and engage in the future of the legal profession and inclusive delivery of legal services by enabling them to co-design and co-create proof-of-concept (PoC) lawtech or regtech tools with real-world project partners.

This course welcomes students across the university (regardless of their discipline) who are keen to be part of the transformation of the legal profession and delivery of legal regulatory compliance and justice services in Hong Kong.

Students are also introduced to the innovation and technology methodologies of organisations (startup and established), including the business model canvas, design thinking, and agile project management.

Students may elect to co-design and co-create a PoC lawtech or regtech tool with one of the following categories of under-resourced project partners:

  1. A non-governmental organization (NGO) on innovative A2J tech solutions
  2. A private sector legal organization, such as a legal and compliance department, initially on automation lawtech PoCs to solve real-world painpoints

Students who elect to work on A2J tech with an NGO will have the opportunity to represent HKU Law Faculty in international competitions such as Georgetown Law’s Iron Tech Lawyer Invitational, HSBC – Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups AI Future Tense and HKU Innovation Academy’s Engineering InnoShow.

Projects are expected to be team-based, as they would in a real-world lawtech or regtech startup, legal department or law firm.

Selected final projects will have the opportunity to be hosted on the LITE Lab website to serve as a resource to more broadly benefit the Hong Kong innovation and technology ecosystem.

LITE Lab@HKU outreaches to Hong Kong’s NGO and inhouse legal community as project partners. Students will have the opportunity to visit and work at the offices of the project partners, as may be mutually agreed.

LITE Lab@HKU’s Lawtech & Regtech Sandbox has been recognized as the only university initiative nominated for the Financial Times Innovative Lawyer’s Collaborative Innovation Award 2021.

It is highly recommended but not required that students also enrol in LITE Lab@HKU’s foundational course LLAW3254.

In 2021/22, all experiential courses from the Faculty of Law will be offered only on a pass/fail basis.
Drop option is only available with the instructor’s consent.

Postgraduate:

Founders share how LITE Lab students assist their tech startups and social enterprises

Instructor Email Address
Brian Tang
bwtang@hku.hk

Technology entrepreneurs often seek new and innovative ways of introducing products and services through new business models and/or new technologies. Inevitably, these intersect with the law and regulations, many of which are still evolving and differ across borders.

This experiential and interdisciplinary course enables students to co-design and create legal research and legal document primers in conjunction with tech startups and social entrepreneurs as real-world project partners. LITE Lab works with our ecosystem partners to outreach to Hong Kong’s startups to be our project partners. Students will have the opportunity to visit and work at the offices of the tech startups and social entrepreneurs, as may be mutually agreed.

During class, students are also introduced to the innovation and technology methodologies of organisations (startup and established), including the business model canvas, design thinking, and agile project management.

Examples of past student legal research projects cover areas such as data privacy, legal protection of artificial intelligence, web scraping, virtual assets, environment, social and governance (ESG) issues, cybersecurity and online platform and cross-border liabilities.

Subject to the approval of the course instructor and the relevant project partner, students may elect to work on larger projects as a team, as they would in a real-world tech startup or social enterprise.

Selected final projects will have the opportunity to be hosted on the LITE Lab website to serve as a resource to more broadly benefit the Hong Kong innovation and technology ecosystem.

This student legal research course is not a clinical course supervised by a licensed legal practitioner, and accordingly, students cannot and do not give any legal advice.

In 2021/22, all experiential courses from the Faculty of Law will be offered only on a pass/fail basis.
Drop option is only available with the instructor’s consent.

Courses to be offered in Semester 2 (2021/22)

Undergraduate:

LLAW 3255 2019/2020 cohort

LLAW 3255 2020/2021 cohort

Founders share how LITE Lab students assist their tech startups and social enterprises

Instructor Email Address
Brian Tang
bwtang@hku.hk

Technology entrepreneurs often seek new and innovative ways of introducing products and services through new business models and/or new technologies. Inevitably, these intersect with the law and regulations, many of which are still evolving and differ across borders.

This experiential and interdisciplinary course enables students to co-design and create legal research and legal document primers in conjunction with tech startups and social entrepreneurs as real-world project partners. LITE Lab outreaches to Hong Kong’s startups to be our project partners. Students will have the opportunity to visit and work at the offices of the tech startups and social entrepreneurs, as may be mutually agreed.

During class, students are also introduced to the innovation and technology methodologies of organisations (startup and established), including the business model canvas, design thinking, and agile project management.

Examples of past student legal research projects cover areas such as data privacy, legal protection of artificial intelligence, webscraping, virtual assets, environment, social and governance (ESG) issues, cybersecurity and online platform and cross-border liabilities.

Subject to approval of the course instructor and the relevant project partner, students may elect to work on larger projects as a team, as they would in a real-world tech startup or social enterprise.

Selected final projects will have the opportunity to be hosted on the LITE Lab website to serve as a resource to more broadly benefit the Hong Kong innovation and technology ecosystem.

It is highly recommended but not required that students also enrol in LITE Lab@HKU’s foundational course LLAW3254.

This student legal research course is not a clinical course supervised by a licensed legal practitioner, and accordingly students cannot and do not give any legal advice.

In 2021/22, all experiential courses from the Faculty of Law will be offered only on a pass/fail basis.
Drop option is only available with the instructor’s consent.

LLAW3271 2020/21 cohort

Instructor Email Address
Stephanie Biedermann
sbied@hku.hk

Technology entrepreneurs often seek new and innovative ways of introducing products and services through new business models and/or new technologies. Inevitably, these intersect with the law and regulations, many of which are still evolving and differ across borders.

This internship course gives students the first-hand learning opportunity to spend the equivalent of 1 day a week interning with an organization involved in the area of innovation and technology. LITE Lab outreaches to Hong Kong’s innovation and technology ecosystem to be our host companies. In light of the ongoing pandemic, students and our host companies will mutually agree the extent to which the relevant student internships will be in person or remote.

During class, students will be introduced to practical communication and writing skills as well as the innovation and technology methodologies of organisations (startup and established), such as the business model canvas, design thinking, and agile project management.

Examples of past student internship tasks include drafting white papers, organizing legaltech and regtech pitch competitions, and creating online training materials.

It is highly recommended but not required that students also enrol in LITE Lab@HKU’s foundational course LLAW3254.

This student internship course is not a clinical course supervised by a licensed legal practitioner, and accordingly students cannot and do not give any legal advice.

Please note that relevant Hong Kong employment and immigration ordinances will need be complied with, and certain prior university approvals will be need to be obtained for student enrolment of this course, especially by overseas students.

In 2021/22, all experiential courses from the Faculty of Law will be offered only on a pass/fail basis.
Drop option is only available with the instructor’s consent.

Postgraduate:

LLAW6301 2020/21 cohort

Instructor Email Address
Stephanie Biedermann
sbied@hku.hk

Technology entrepreneurs often seek new and innovative ways of introducing products and services through new business models and/or new technologies . Inevitably, these intersect with the law and regulations, many of which are still evolving and differ across borders.

This internship course gives students the first-hand learning opportunity to spend the equivalent of 1 day a week interning with an organization involved in the area of innovation and technology (which could be a tech startup, social enterprise, non-profit trade association, governmental organization, or even law firm). LITE Lab works with our ecosystem partners to outreach to Hong Kong’s innovation and technology ecosystem to be our host companies. In light of the ongoing pandemic, students and our host companies will mutually agree the extent to which the relevant student internships will be in person or remote.

During class, students will be introduced to practical communication and writing skills as well as the innovation and technology methodologies of organisations (startup and established), such as the business model canvas, design thinking, and agile project management.

Examples of past student internship tasks include drafting white papers, organizing legaltech and regtech pitch competitions, and creating online training materials.

This student internship course is not a clinical course supervised by a licensed legal practitioner, and accordingly, students cannot and do not give any legal advice.

Please note that relevant Hong Kong employment and immigration ordinances will need to be complied with, and certain prior university approvals will need to be obtained for student enrolment of this course, especially by overseas students.

In 2021/22, all experiential courses from the Faculty of Law will be offered only on a pass/fail basis.
Drop option is only available with the instructor’s consent.

Introduction to LITE Lab Courses (2019/20)

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