Iron Tech Lawyer Invitational

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Georgetown Law’s Institute for Technology Law & Policy and the Justice Lab at Georgetown Law are pleased to announce the inaugural Iron Tech Lawyer Invitational, a national competition for student-created tech solutions that help bridge the justice gap.

Student teams from qualifying law schools are invited to a one-day pitch competition in Washington, D.C. to showcase a legal tech or data analysis tool they have developed for a pro bono organizational client during the 2019-2020 academic year.

The students must have completed the work in a law school course, clinic, or supervised independent study. Client organizations can include legal services organizations or other non-profits focused on assisting people with legal problems.

One student team from each qualifying law school will travel to Washington, D.C. during the week of April 12, 2020 to participate in the Iron Tech Student Invitational, hosted at Georgetown Law.


The winning team will be awarded $5,000 in funding support to advance or complete their technology solution.


The Iron Tech Lawyer Invitational encourages law schools to support courses focused on the creation of technology and data-driven solutions to help improve the justice system.

Law school professors who are interested in sending a student team to the Invitational must meet the following criteria:

  • The students must complete a student project in an accredited law school program, i.e. in an academic course, clinic, or supervised independent study.

  • The student project must involve the creation of a technology tool or data project that strengthens legal service delivery or otherwise improves access to the legal system.

  • The student project must be developed for a “client” that is a non-profit legal services provider or other non-profit that assists people with their legal problems.

  • The student project must be supported by a faculty sponsor, such as the teacher of the course or supervisor of an independent study.

  • The student project must be completed during the 2019-2020 academic year.

  • Only one student project may be submitted per law school.

Application Process

(1) School Interest Form. Law school professors who are interested in sending a student team to the Iron Tech Invitational must complete a School Interest Form by the deadline below. (This form may not be submitted by students). The Interest Form is intended as a high-level expression of interest; client organizations and specific projects need not be identified.

(2) Follow-Up. Law school professors who have submitted a School Interest Form will be contacted by the organizers to discuss the competition, shared pedagogical goals, and eligibility.

(3) School Application. Law school professors must submit a School Application to secure a slot for one student project from their school. At this stage, client organizations and specific student projects must be identified. If the professor is supervising multiple student projects, they need not have selected which student project they will send to the Invitational.

(4) Selection of Qualifying Schools. The Invitational’s organizers will select 5-8 qualifying law schools who may send a student project of the school’s choosing to the Invitational.

(5) Submission of Final Student Projects. Qualifying law schools will notify the Invitational’s organizers of the student project they have chosen to represent their school, and submit a link to the final project and supporting documentation.

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Projects will be judged by a panel of experts in access to justice, legal design and technology. Award criteria will include:

  • Usefulness

  • Completeness

  • Ambition & Creativity

  • Design

  • Student/Team Presentation


Law schools are responsible for identifying and securing client organization(s) for the student projects, and are solely responsible for the relationship with any client organization. Law schools must provide the necessary software to develop the application.

The organizers make no representation as to the accuracy, or suitability for use, of student projects submitted to the Iron Tech Invitational. Projects are not the work product of Georgetown Law or the organizers. The organizers reserve the right to amend the application or competition rules, and will provide notice to applicants of any changes.

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The Iron Tech Lawyer Invitational is made possible through generous support from the Bigglesworth Family Foundation.