Cyberlaw/Fair Use Clinic: Advanced


Course Code:
LAW 649A
Law Honors/Pass/Restrd Cr/Fail


This is a hands-on, project-oriented seminar, in which students work on a wide range of cyberlaw projects with lawyers from the Center for Internet and Society's Fair Use Project and with lawyers from the Electronic Frontier Foundation. There are significant faculty-student interactions through meetings to discuss the projects and an associated bi-monthly discussion seminar covering advanced cyberlaw topics. This clinical program provides law students with the opportunity to represent clients in cutting-edge issues of intellectual property and technology law, in the public interest. Through the hands-on experience of representing clients (under the supervision of the faculty) in various fora, students learn professional responsibility and advocacy skills, substantive law and procedural rules related to their projects, and examine the concept of the public interest in intellectual property and technology law. Clients vary widely, and may be individual artists; technologists; non-profit institutions; coalitions; etc. In the past, students have drafted amicus briefs, counseled nonprofits on public-interest initiatives, created a patent licensing scheme, represented independent and documentary filmmakers who are pursuing legislation in Congress, and counseled artists developing new technology-based art forms, among other projects. Thus, the skills each student learns also vary according to project. The classroom component explores public interest practice in tech law in various fora, and spends significant time on student projects.

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