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Law, Science, and Technology

Program of Study Faculty Leaders

Yochai Benkler

I. Glenn Cohen

William (Terry) Fisher

Jonathan Zittrain

Program of Study Research Librarian

Meg Kribble

Overview

The school's offerings related to science and technology are grouped into three, loosely related clusters: Intellectual Property Law, Health Law, and Internet Law. A student might wish to concentrate on one of these three fields. Alternatively, she might build an intellectually coherent concentration by combining courses from two or three of the fields.

Intellectual Property Law

Intellectual Property is the body of law that governs rights to ideas and information. Basic courses in the field are Copyright, which will be taught in Spring 2015 by Professor Fisher; and Patent Law, which will be taught in Spring 2015 by Professor Golden. Students interested in litigation in this field should consider taking Copyright and Trademark Litigation: TRO to the Supreme Court taught by Ms. Cendali in Fall 2014. Other courses in the field include Intellectual Property and Innovation, taught in Spring 2015 by Professor Golden and Music and Digital Media taught by Mr. Bavitz in Spring 2015. Legal practice in these fields increasingly requires knowledge of the laws of other countries and of the network of multilateral treaties that limit each country's discretion is framing its own laws. To obtain that knowledge, students are strongly encouraged to take courses in International and Comparative Law including Public International Law and International Trade.

Health Law, Biotechnology, and Bioethics

The second cluster consists of courses pertaining to Health Law, Biotechnology, and Bioethics. The basic course in the field are Health Law, taught in Fall 2014 by Mr. Barnes.

Students interested in more advanced work can choose from a variety of upper-level classes including Drug Product Liability Litigation taught by Mr. Grossi in Fall 2014;  Food Law and Policy Seminar taught by Professor Greenwald and Ms. Broad Leib in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015; Food and Drug Law taught by Mr. Hutt in Winter 2015; Law and Policy of Federal Funding Flows taught in Spring 2015 by Mr. Barnes; Public Health Law and Policy taught by Professor Greenwald in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015. The year-long Health Law, Policy, Bioethics and Biotechnology Workshop represents an ideal capstone experience for students interested in the field, as it features presentations of major scholars' works-in-progress in health law and policy, bioethics, and biotechnology.The Health Law and Policy Clinic of the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation and the Food Law Policy Clinic of the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (focusing on policy rather than direct legal services), allow students to transfer the skills and ideas they learn from the classroom to the real world. Patent Law is also recommended for students seeking to specialize in biotechnology and pharmaceutical innovation.

Students interested in Health Law are also encouraged to attend the various lectures organized by the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics. Students with an academic interest in health law should also consider applying to be student fellows at the Petrie-Flom Center, which provides law students and graduate students elsewhere in the university intensive mentoring and funding to produce works of scholarship.  Finally, students interested in health law should consider the joint JD/MPH program with the Harvard School of Public Health.

Internet Law

The last cluster consists of courses examining different aspects of Internet Law. The course offerings in this area include Communications and Internet Law and Policy Internet and Society taught by Professor Nesson in Fall 2014; Comparative Online Privacy taught by Professor Gasser in Spring 2015; and Counseling and Legal Strategy in the Digital Age taught by Mr. Bavitz in Fall 2014. Clinical placements in the field are available at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society through the Cyberlaw Clinic. The Berkman Center also affords a wide variety of opportunities to participate in research projects pertaining to Information Technology.

Regardless of whether a student concentrates in one of these areas of the law or develops a program by combining course work in the three fields, she should strongly consider wrapping up her sequence of courses with an extended research project of her own, typically issuing in an original work of scholarship. All of the faculty listed above are available to supervise such projects.

Academic Careers

Students who wish to pursue academic careers in this area should think about combining the course work discussed above with opportunities for significant research and writing.

Last modified: May 01, 2014

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