New York Law School’s Cyberharassment Clinic is the only clinic of its kind: the only law school clinic dedicated exclusively to helping victims of online harassment obtain justice. It is an important part of a comprehensive effort to eradicate the cyberharassment epidemic. In particular, the Clinic represents mostly marginalized populations (LGBTQ individuals, women, members of other minority groups) who have been victims of the following: cyberbullying, nonconsensual pornography (“revenge porn”), sexploitation, cyberstalking, doxing, and other forms of online harassment.
The Cyberharassment Clinic provides an unprecedented opportunity for 2L and 3L day and 3L and 4L evening students to represent victims of online harassment, cyberbullying, and “revenge porn” under the direct supervision of a faculty member and experienced practitioner. The Cyberharassment Clinic is the first and only law school clinic representing clients in this space.
Clinic students will work in teams to handle all elements of representing clients in online harassment litigation, from client intake and cease-and-desist letters to take-down notices and internet intermediary negotiations to trial and even impact litigation. Students will engage in fact investigations, conduct interviews of clients, locate and interview witnesses, communicate with internet platforms if applicable, and negotiate with websites. Students will develop legal arguments and draft affidavits and memoranda of law in support of pre-trial motions. Students may also have the opportunity to go to trial.
In addition to the case work, students will attend an hour-and-forty minute seminar once weekly. The seminar will involve discussions about the cases, instruction on relevant law, procedure and evidence, as well as examination of policy issues related to online harassment, cyberbullying, and revenge porn.
Students should expect to devote a minimum of 16 hours per week to the clinic, including the fieldwork and the seminar.
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Instructor: Andrew Santa Ana
Full year: Seminar, 2 credits; Fieldwork, 2 credits (per semester)
Pre-Requisites: Information Privacy Law or Internet Law
To apply to the Cyberharassment Clinic, please visit the OCEL Application Information Page