Now accepting submissions until April 15th, 11:59pm.

The LITSA Hackathon is an initiative to promote legal technologies. The competition entails participants creating a web based legal tool using QnA markup. The Hackathon is open to all ABA accredited law schools.

This event is co-sponsored by the Intellectual Property Law Student Association.

The QnA software itself can be learned in one training session. See resources tab for more details.

Law students may participate individually or in teams of two. The deadline for competition submissions is April 15th (submit here). No registration is required. Workspace with food and drinks will be provided on the weekend of April 11th and 12th, 11am-4pm in Rm. 375 for participants.

The first place winner receives a $300 Visa gift card.

The second place winner receives a $150 Visa gift card.


  • The project submission should assist in providing a legal service or arrive at a legal determination. See example projects below.
  • Participants must submit a brief statement of no more than 5oo words providing an overview of the tool. Alternatively, participants may submit a video explanation (please provide a live video link to Youtube, Vimeo or other similar hosts, as your submission).
  • Participants may not submit previously created works.
  • Participants may only work individually or in teams of two.
  • Projects are accepted until April 15th, 11:59 pm. Upload both the project and overview statement.
  • All teams retain full ownership of what they have created during the Hackathon. LITSA reserves the right to display the work with the participants’ permission.

Example projects:

Committee for Public Counsel Services assistance tool (see here).

Personal Injury Protection tool (see here).

Other student projects (see here).

Submission Directions:

1) In QnA Markup Editor, click “Save Mark up to File” or save Output as “HTML full page”
2) Go to submission website.
3) Under Name/Folder, provide participant name(s).
4) Under Email, provide an e-mail address to contact you.
5) Under Upload Message, provide any special instructions.
6) Click Proceed to upload.
7) Upload (1) QnA Markup file and (2) a text file with a project overview* (500 word max.) or alternatively a live link to a video demo (Youtube or similar video hosts).
8) Click Start Upload. Checkmarks beside your files indicate successful upload.
8) A confirmation e-mail will be sent to you. Please contact us directly at or if you do not get a confirmation within 5 hours.

*Project overview: A short description of the purpose of your project. Anything else you want the judges to consider.

Judging Criteria

A. Judges: Eligible Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of judges selected by LITSA. Judges may be  faculty, outside experts, and LITSA executives. Final judging panel will be disclosed prior to the submission deadline.

B. Criteria: The Judges will score eligible Submissions using the following criteria (the “Judging Criteria”):

(i) Creativity & Originality of Idea: (Includes the extent to which the Application includes a creative and original approach to assist in providing a legal service or arrive at a legal determination);

(ii) Execution and User Experience: (Includes how well the Application was executed, the quality of the user experience i.e. the extent to which it follows a logical progression in asking users questions in order to assist in providing a legal service or arrive at a legal determination) and;

(iii) Usefulness: (Includes how helpful the tool is).

The participants who earn the highest overall scores based on the applicable Judging Criteria, will become potential winners of that Prize.

C. Tie Breaker: If two or more Submissions are tied, the tied Submission with the highest score in (i) Creativity & Originality of Idea will be considered the higher scoring Submission. In the event any ties remain, this process will be repeated, as needed, by comparing the tied Submissions’ scores next on (ii) Execution and User Experience and then on (iii) Usefulness. If two or more Submissions are tied on all applicable criteria, the panel of Judges will vote on the tied Submissions.

Please send any questions or comments to: Rajat Bhardwaj, or Lansen Leu,

The Law Innovation and Technology Student Association at Suffolk University Law School (LITSA)

Intellectual Property Law Student Association at Suffolk University Law School (IPLSA)

Last modified: 04/10/15