Program Overview

 

The JURIST Digital Scholars Program aims to cultivate rising interdisciplinary talent at the crossroads of law, technology and public policy. JURIST is piloting the program this summer as part of its ongoing commitment to connecting students for the global good and nurturing their research interests.

Soliciting junior scholars in this initial round, we received high-quality applications from students at 16 top schools across the US. We invited the applicants to use JURIST’s extensive archive and Google Analytics data to formulate and test their research proposals, and encouraged them to think broadly about how the projects they proposed could benefit the public and contribute to ongoing conversations in law, technology, and policy.

Based on the quality of those proposals, we have selected an inaugural class of 15 JURIST Digital Scholars representing a wide range of technical skills and law and policy interests. This summer the JURIST Digital Scholars hail from:

 

  • Harvard Law School

  • Yale University

  • Stony Brook University

Each member of the entering class of JURIST Digital Scholars has designed their own research projects and will receive mentoring in their chosen specialties, will build meaningful relationships with other Scholars doing complementary work, and will share the results of their investigations with JURIST’s global audience.

Scholars doing more quantitative work will use their technical skills to creatively answer complex questions at the intersection of law and policy. Their research will explore algorithmic bias, model the effectiveness of police reforms, analyze reader engagement with legal articles, and use analytics to study the public’s understanding of the US Supreme Court. Scholars engaged in more qualitative research will explore questions related to data governance and AI, use data and analytics to support research related to competition law, sustainability and trends in media coverage and public support for LGBTQ+ rights.

The JURIST Digital Scholars Program would not be possible without the generous support of our dedicated team of external program mentors, who have had work and internship experience at Two Sigma, Datadog, Spotify, Facebook, JP Morgan and the US House of Representatives. Inside JURIST, support for the Digital Scholars Program has been provided by JURIST Executive Director Megan McKee and JURIST founder and Editor-in-Chief Professor Bernard Hibbitts of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. The JURIST Digital Scholars Program Managing Director is Xiaoli Jin, Harvard Law School Class of 2024.

JURIST is committed to a policy of non-discrimination. We encourage diversity in background and thought and are committed to creating an inclusive learning environment that fosters a range of thought. The ideas and views reflected in the program’s research do not necessarily reflect those of JURIST, its staff, or its donors.

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