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Atticus Open Data Executive Fellow Program

Atticus Open Data Project

Executive Fellow Program

The Atticus Open Data Project is a collaborative of legal professionals and law students around the world to curate and label an open-sourced training dataset of legal contracts for AI research.

To that end, the Atticus Open Data Project is launching the Atticus Open Data Executive Fellow Program in partnership with The Atticus Project, a non-profit organization, Berkeley Center for Law and Business, and LexLab at UC Hastings Law. We are looking for experienced attorneys to join us as Atticus Open Data Executive Fellows.  Fill out this Form to apply.

What is the Open Data Executive Fellow Program?

  • This program offers experienced attorneys the opportunity to design a data project that creates an open-sourced training dataset to solve real life legal challenges:

    • Indulge your entrepreneurial spirit and be a solution to the problems you face during your legal practice.  The problem can be as particular or ambitious as you want it to be.

    • Pitch your project to the Atticus Open Data Committee, develop a training program, leverage the infrastructure and resources of the Atticus Open Data Project to make it into a reality.

  • Participants may also participate in or lead one of our existing data projects, including:

    • M&A due diligence; AI-enabled disclosure schedules

    • Contract end dates and post-termination obligations

    • IP license analysis

  • Participants will teach at participating law schools and mentor legal talents of the future.

Why should I apply?

  • Industry Changer. The inability to review large volumes of legal contracts timely and accurately has hindered the legal professionals’ ability to keep up with today’s agile and data-driven executive decision making.  High-quality and trustworthy AI systems that can understand legal text are urgently needed, but they are dependent upon the availability, quality and transparency of legal contracts annotated by legal experts.  The Atticus Project is a first in the Legal industry. There are so many unanswered questions that we need to tackle together.  We hope you will join us to be a part of the solution to our day-to-day legal challenges.

  • Knowledge of AI. You will have the opportunities to work with AI tools and collaborate with AI and data scientists and gain a deep understanding of how AI works in legal contract review.  You will learn to speak the language of the AI developers and researchers. 

  • Shaping the Future of Legal AI Tools. By designing the training dataset, you will have the opportunity to help shape the Legal AI development in a direction that you think is ethical and good for lawyers and our society in general.

  • Mentoring and Giving Back. Legal profession is a work of art through apprenticeship. We need the help of true masters like yourself to document best practices and create a high-quality and open dataset for the AI to learn from.  You get to give back by mentoring and training law students around the world on real-life legal skills. 


How long is the commitment?

  • 6-12 months 

What would I do?

  • Join an existing Atticus data project or design a data project of your own

  • Create training modules and labeling handbooks (10 hours minimum)

  • Teach at 2021 Summer Program from June through August and/or Fall Program from August through November (2 hours minimum)

  • Review legal contrracts annotated by law students and host training workshops (20 hours minimum)

Will I be paid?

  • No. This is an unpaid program. The Atticus Project is a 501(c)(3) organization and has existing engagements with several law firms and companies. Please contact us to see if your hours contributed to The Atticus Open Data Project will be counted toward billable and/or pro bono hours with your employer.



What are the qualifications required? 

  • Experienced attorneys (6+ years) in one or more of the following areas:

    • Technology Transactions

    • IP

    • Commercial

    • M&A

    • Real Estate

    • Corporate Finance

    • Employment 

    • Legal research

    • Litigation

    • Privacy

    • Cybersecurity

  • Ability to explain complex legal concepts in the simplest terms to an audience new to legal contract review (e.g., law students, AI researchers, data scientists)

  • Willingness to mentor or train highly capable and motivated law students

  • Passionate about the mission of The Atticus Project, collaborative and flexible

How to apply?

  • Submit a copy of your resume; and

  • Fill out this Form.

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