Complementary Programs at NYLS

Technological advancement – in networks, content and applications – impacts and is impacted by regulatory constructs, intellectual property law, and policy objectives at various levels. Through an alliance of complementary programs at NYLS, policy experts, market participants, government officials, academe and citizens grapple with these issues.

The Institute for Information Law and Policy

The Institute for Information Law and Policy is New York Law School’s home for the study of law, technology and civil liberties. The Institute develops and applies theories of information and communication to analyze law and policy. It also seeks to design new technologies and systems that will best serve democratic values in the digital age.

The Institute is, above all, a “do tank,” where lawyers innovate, harnessing the new tools of information and communications to the goals of social justice. This mission is premised on the notion that both software code and legal code shape human relations. Like law, technology, too, determines how we communicate and share information, which, in turn, defines our culture. Therefore the research and pedagogy of the Institute train students in the text-based tools of the law and the graphical tools of media and technology

The Institute is a center for civic innovation as well as policy analysis and legal theory development. Our curriculum includes several “design” courses that teach new lawyers to create video, audio and software innovations in addition to wielding the tools of legal reasoning and rhetoric to solve problems. The Institute’s constant contact with “hands on” projects assures that the theoretical work of the faculty remains relevant to real world challenges.

The Media Center

Founded in 1977, the Media Center at New York Law School is the oldest and most comprehensive program of its kind in the country. The Media Center has a rich history of research, scholarship, and academic conferences to examine all facets of media law issues. The Center covers all types of media, including print, broadcasting, cable, the Internet, satellites, and telecommunications.

The Media Center has conducted studies for the Federal Communications Commission, the City of New York, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the U.S. State Department, the French Government, the European Union, the Council of Europe, the RAND Corporation, the Max Planck Institute, and other agencies and think tanks. New York Law School’s library holds thousands of volumes and periodicals on media-related law.

The Media Center offers a comprehensive media law curriculum together with an array of practical lawyering experiences for students.