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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 universities 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.

The students must complete the work in an academic course, clinic, or supervised independent study during the 2019-2020 academic year. Client organizations can include legal services organizations or other non-profits focused on assisting people with civil legal problems.

Qualifying universities are invited to submit one student project for the Invitational. Student teams will travel to Washington, D.C. during the week of April 12, 2020 to present their projects at the Iron Tech Student Invitational, hosted at Georgetown Law.

The Invitational is the first nation-wide version of Georgetown’s Iron Tech Lawyer Competition, which has now been in operation for seven years under the leadership of Georgetown Professor Tanina Rostain. You can learn more about prior Iron Tech Lawyer projects by navigating the links to the side.


Projects will be evaluated by a panel of experts in access to civil justice, legal design and technology. The winning team will be awarded $5,000 in funding support to advance or complete their technology or data science solution.


The Iron Tech Lawyer Invitational is designed to encourage the creation of academic courses focused on the thoughtful development of technology and data-driven solutions to help improve the civil justice system. Student teams must be supported by a professor, and complete their project in an academic course, clinic or independent study.

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 academic 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 civil 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 civil 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 university.

Application Process

(1) Faculty Interest Form. Professors who are interested in sending a student team to the Iron Tech Invitational must complete a Faculty Interest Form by July 22, 2019. (This form may not be submitted by students). The Faculty Interest Form is intended as a high-level expression of interest; you do not yet need to select which students you will send, and client organizations and specific projects need not be identified.

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

(3) Faculty Application. Professors must submit a Faculty Application to secure a slot for one student project from their university. 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. We expect that many professors will run their own mini-Iron Tech Competition within their class, program, or between courses offered within their university to select which student team proceeds to the Invitational.

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

(5) Submission of Final Student Projects. Qualifying universities will notify the Invitational’s organizers of the student project they have chosen to represent them, 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


Professors are responsible for identifying and securing client organization(s) for the student projects, and are solely responsible for the relationship with any client organization. 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.

The Iron Tech Invitational is made possible by generous support from the Bigglesworth Family Foundation