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SMU LIT Hackathon 2023

Bridging the Tech-Law Divide


22nd - 24th June 2023

Join SMU LIT's Hackathon 2023 today. - SMU's very own in person Legal Tech Hackathon.


Attractive prizes of up to $3,000 to be won. 

Sign up here.


Congratulations to our winners! We are incredibly proud of each and every participant - your dedication, teamwork and unmatched brilliance have left us in awe! We also extend our heartfelt gratitude to our esteemed judges, sponsors, mentors and all those who made SMU LIT Hackathon 2023 an unforgettable success.


About Hackathon 2023

The SMU Legal Innovation and Technology (SMU LIT) Hackathon 2023 is back! It is the largest inter-varsity, 3-day hackathon held in Singapore, where students from all Institutes of Higher Learning in Singapore can compete to create legal technological solutions. Participants will compete in teams of 4-6 and will have to create a prototype solution with minimally basic functionalities. 

Attractive prize money totalling $7,200 are up for grabs!

Hackathon Problem Statement

Hackathon Themes

In line with our aim to increase awareness on the divide between Technology and Law, and our endeavour to bridge this gap, the big theme for this year's Hackathon is "Bridging the Tech-Law Divide".


There are 3 sub-themes for you to choose from. Specific problem statements for each theme released closer to the date of the Hackathon.

(a)  Access to Justice

While remote court hearings and legal clinics are becoming part of the norm, the fact remains that legal aid continues to be inaccessible for some. How can technology ensure that justice is accessible?


(b) Efficiency of Work Processes

538 Singaporean lawyers left their profession in 2021, a five-year high. One of the reasons cited was the long hours. How can technology improve work processes for the lawyer and the firm?


(c) Hybrid Working

Many young lawyers now prefer flexible hybrid working arrangements. However, remote working arrangements during the pandemic have led to some lawyers feeling burnt out, and intensified sentiments of isolation amongst them. Furthermore, there are concerns that hybrid work arrangements may reduce the number of mentorship opportunities for lawyers. How might we then leverage technology to provide lawyers with hybrid work arrangements while mitigating possible concerns that may arise?  


Open Ceremony
Admin Briefing for Participants
Participants work on their solutions
Panel Discussion by Dentons / R&T Tech
Masterchef Roaming
End of Day 1

Donors & Partners

Platinum Donors



Dentons Rodyk is one of Singapore's biggest and part of the world’s largest law firm, with a team of around 200 lawyers offering clients a full suite of legal services necessary to do business locally and globally.



The Singapore Academy of Law is a statutory body in Singapore. SAL is a promotion and development agency for Singapore's legal industry. SAL also undertakes statutory functions such as stakeholding services and the appointment of Senior Counsel, Commissioners for Oaths and Notaries Public.

Gold Donors

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R&T Tech offers multidisciplinary tech-enabled legal solutions including e-Discovery & Investigation, Cybersecurity, Learning Management & Content Development and Legal Engineering & Innovations. R&T Tech is the NewLaw vehicle for Rajah & Tann Asia to adapt itself and provide new legal delivery models through technology and innovation.

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LexisNexis is a leading global provider of legal, government & corporate information and analytics solutions. Their products and services are used by customers in more than 175 countries, in virtually every industry and area of business.

Supporting Partners


Supported By

Donors & Partners

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance is one of the world's largest law firms with significant depth and range of resources across five continents. As a single, fully integrated, global partnership, the firm prides itself on its approachable, collegiate and team based way of working.


Singapore Management University (SMU)



Champion Team

1st Runner Up Team

2nd Runner Up Team

Special Awards

Dentons Rodyk
Access to Justice Award

Hybrid Working Award

Singapore Academy of Law (SAL)
Efficiency of Work Processes Award



  • Is there any entry fee participants need to pay to participate?
    There is NO entry fee that participants need to pay to participate.
  • Is it possible to have a team made up of several different schools (e.g. mix of people from NUS, SMU and NTU)?
    You can have a team made up of participants from several different schools as long as a team comprises of 4-6 people and all team members are currently studying in an Singapore-based Institute of Higher Learning.
  • How long do we have in order to code the solution?
    The problem statement will be released 2 weeks prior to the start of the Hackathon i.e. 2 weeks prior to 22 June 2023 which is on 9 June 2023. Submissions are due by 6PM on 23 June 2023. Therefore, teams have around 14 days to code their solution.
  • Is a written submission explaining how our solution solves the problem statement needed?
    Yes, a short 200-300 word explanation of how your solution solves the problem statement will be needed as part of the deliverables.
  • What are the deliverables of the Hackathon?
    Participants may submit coded solutions, non-coded solutions or a combination of both. For coded solutions: GitHub link to your code Short 200-300 words write up about your solution 90s video explaining your project and showcasing the features or your project For non-coded solutions: Link to the hi-fi prototype* of your solution (which should be able to display the complete user flow for at least 1 use case of your solution) Short 200-300 words write up about your solution 90s video explaining your project and showcasing the features or your project *Participants can consider using wireframe tools such as Figma, Justinmind etc.
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