Publication Date

Spring 5-20-2019

Degree Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Computer Science

First Advisor

Robert Chun

Second Advisor

Philip Heller

Third Advisor

Brian Coleman

Abstract

Developments in Blockchain, smart contract, and decentralized application (“dApps”) technology have enabled new types of software that can improve efficiency within law firms by increasing speed at which attorneys may draft and execute contracts. Smart contracts and dApps are self-executing software that reside on a blockchain. Custom smart contracts can be built in a modular manner in order to emulate contracts that are commonly generated and executed in law firms. Such contracts include those for the transfer of services, goods, and title. This article explores exactly how implementations of smart contracts for law firms may look.

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