The Point

The practice of law needs positive disruption and disruptive technologies.  Legal technology, particularly outside of litigation, has remained largely slow moving and often wildly expensive.  This keeps the cost of access to systems of justice high and adds to the cost of entry for legal practice and the cost of doing business for everyone.

At the same time, few lawyers or law students have the opportunity to learn or test practice software without paying for costly licenses or handling needlessly complex technical arrangements.  While most modern knowledge workers demand technical agility, advanced technical skills and tools stubbornly remain the exception among lawyers, law practices and departments.

The Open Source Law Tools Project was founded to promote the use, adoption and customization of the best open source software in law practice and education.

We want to:

  • Provide useful resources for lawyers everywhere, regardless of where or how they work;
  • Provide a community where legal software gives and takes with best-of-breed software and ideas about software from all industries or no industry at all;
  • Make real, useful, professional practice tools available to students before they leave law school;
  • Participate in the broader FLOSS community, by recognizing and using the incredible work done by others and by giving back;
  • Provide solutions that are easy to get, try and use;
  • Foster a community where legal software is poised at the cutting edge, takes chances and reflects true innovation;
  • Scale gracefully with releases that are useful from the humblest hardware to the latest mobile platforms.

In addition –

  • Where existing open standards are thoughtful and future oriented, we will adopt and embrace them. In other cases, we will propose and promote new open standards.
  • We will support standards that promote exchange and interoperability with other disciplines, systems and functions. There will not be a tidy law box.
  • We will build on common platforms that permit easy extension and interoperability.