The John Marshall Harlan Scholars Program at New York Law School is a rigorous academic honors program designed for students who have performed at the top of their law school class. The IILP recently became the most popular center for Harlans, accepting 46 students in the 2010–2011 academic year. Harlan Scholars, along with Institute Associates, will have the opportunity of working with our faculty, graduate fellows and student research fellows on IILP projects. The Harlans and Associates meet every month to discuss recent developments in IP/technology law. Additionally, they have access to our wide program of elective courses, as well as the opportunity to contribute to IILP Public Statements. Public Statements are intended to provide a forum for discussion and argument for positions strongly held by the students on issues within topics of interest to the IILP.
In consultation with a faculty mentor, honors students who
choose to affiliate with the Institute take a common set of core courses
plus electives tailored to their professional and scholarly goals. The
curriculum affords students maximum flexibility to develop substantive
competence and discrete skill sets in the areas of their chosen academic
In addition, Harlan Scholars affiliated with the Institute are required to produce, and defend before their peers, a project that takes on novel issues of analysis or design. Topics are developed in collaboration with the faculty—with an emphasis on one-on-one consultation between student and faculty as the project develops. During the third year TechLaw Lab phase of the program, Institute students critique each other’s work, develop strategies to publish their results to a broad audience, and learn about new technologies that can change law practice and social, economic, and civic organizations.
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A. Core Courses (Required)
B. Core Courses (Recommended)
C. Electives (Harlan Scholars are required to take two (2) or more of the following)
II. Sample Course Plans
The following course plans are suggestions about how to plan your classes, based around: 2 required core courses + 2 required electives (+ recommended and other elective courses) + Tech Law Lab. Course plans are flexible and are to be developed in consultation with Institute faculty. Other NYLS courses, such as Corporations, Securities Regulation, and Advanced Civil Procedure may also form part of your proposed program if they meet your pedagogical needs and goals.
Institute for Information Law TechLaw Lab (2 credits):
The IILP Techlaw Lab provides an opportunity for Harlan Scholars and other IILP students to pursue independent and high-impact research on current issues relating to their course of study. The project requires students to collaborate in teams of 3-5 to produce a significant piece of legal writing or a project, under the supervision of one of the IILP professors. The Techlaw Lab experience integrates, but is distinct from the project requirement. The Techlaw seminar meets at scheduled intervals during both terms of the third year; students receive one credit each in the fall and spring of their third year for a total of 2 credits. The experience permits students to work together to present the fruits of their project and typically involves an external client with specific deliverables. Students will also have an opportunity to explain and defend their work in a face-to-face setting, both with the external client and to other students enrolled in the Techlaw Lab. Generally students will design and implement a publicly-accessible and Web-based multi-media display of their projects. By putting the results of their work online, students will ensure maximum visibility and impact for their research. In addition, students will have an easily accessible and well-designed presentation of their work to show potential employers and other interested parties at home and abroad. To receive credit, students must attend all sessions of the Techlaw Lab seminar, prepare an oral defense of their project, and prepare an on-line presentation of their project.