ANU student supports law-tech innovation

Isaac and Jimmy
Tuesday 27 November 2018

Over the past semester, Australian National University (ANU) Master of Computer Science student Jimmy Tung has been testing his skills and knowledge with legal-tech firm, Document Modelling.

The internship, established through the ANU Computer Science Internship program, saw Jimmy develop an additional capability for Prose, a smart drafting platform for legal documents.

This new capability aims to improve law firms’ efficiency in keeping their documents up-to-date, and is now being made available to Prose users.

“After reading several legal documents, I noticed that most legal document references specific legislation related to its topic subject. I proposed the idea that "Would an application that reminds document owner of legislation changes be useful?" and was later given the okay to work on this topic as my project,” Jimmy said.

Isaac Anderson, Jimmy’s supervisor and the company’s Senior DevOps Engineer and Testing Lead, was very pleased with the program’s outcomes.

“Having access to ANU computing students meant that we had the ability to research and prototype projects that we did not have the time to complete internally.”            

Isaac also commented that he was surprised by the calibre of ANU computing students.

“Jimmy was highly capable and once the project starting rolling, he was able to hit milestones with fairly minimal supervision.”

Jimmy has since been hired by Document Modelling, a choice which Isaac said was facilitated by the internship program.

“Given we’d been working with Jimmy throughout the semester, we knew that he was highly capable and would be a good fit for our company. Having the interns with us for a longer period of time and working on a substantial project meant that they were able to fully demonstrate their abilities to us.”

As well as gaining advanced technical skills, Jimmy said that he further developed his confidence and public speaking skills.

“I got a real sense of validation from completing the internship. The program provided an incredible insight into the real work environment, and gave students an unparalleled look into the sort of skills that are necessary in the work place.”

Jimmy was one of 13 students to take part in the 2018 Computer Science Internship Program, which was supported by 8 organisations from across Canberra.

To learn more about the program or how to get involved, visit https://cs.anu.edu.au/student-internships/.

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