Free, Online Course on Computer Science for Lawyers and Law Students (CS50), by Harvard University: Enrol Now!

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The Computer Science for Lawyers and Law Students (CS50) course is a variant of Harvard University’s introduction to computer science, CS50, designed especially for lawyers (and law students).

Course Description

This course is a variant of Harvard University’s introduction to computer science, CS50, designed especially for lawyers (and law students). Whereas CS50 itself takes a bottom-up approach, emphasizing mastery of low-level concepts and implementation details thereof, this course takes a top-down approach, emphasizing mastery of high-level concepts and design decisions related thereto. Ultimately, it equips students with a deeper understanding of the legal implications of technological decisions made by clients.

Through a mix of technical instruction and discussion of case studies, this course empowers students to be informed contributors to technology-driven conversations. In addition, it prepares students to formulate technology-informed legal arguments and opinions. Along the way, it equips students with hands-on experience with Python and SQL, languages via which they can mine data for answers themselves.

Topics

  • Algorithms
  • Cloud computing
  • Databases
  • Networking
  • Privacy
  • Programming
  • Scalability
  • Security, and more.

With a particular emphasis on understanding how the work developers do and the technological solutions they employ may impact clients.

Students emerge from this course with a first-hand appreciation of how it all works and all the more confident in the factors that should guide their decision-making.

What you’ll learn

  • Challenges at the Intersection of Law and Technology
  • Computational Thinking
  • Programming Languages
  • Algorithms, Data Structures
  • Cryptography
  • Cybersecurity

Instructors

Doug Lloyd: Senior Preceptor in Computer Science, Harvard University

David J. Malan: Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Science, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Duration of the Course and Time Commitment

  • Duration: 10 Weeks long
  • Time Commitment: 3-6 hours per week

General Details of the Course

  • Timings: Self-paced, online course
  • Platform: EdX
  • Language: English

How to Enrol?

Step 1: Sign-up using your Apple/Microsoft/Google/Facebook account or by registering using the required details.

Step 2: Sign-in to EdX.

Step 3: Click on Audit this Course to do the course for free.

Click here to enrol for the course.

Click here for the official information.

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