About Us

The Institute for Information Law & Policy

The Institute for Information Law and Policy is New York Law School’s home for the study of intellectual property and technology law. Our doctrinal fields of study include patent, copyright, trademark, internet law, and cognate fields, and we focus on legal and policy issues in information technology, fashion, media, entertainment, publishing and associated industries. We also have a strong group examining digital open government issues.

The mission of the IILP is to provide opportunities for New York Law School students and faculty to study the fields of intellectual property and technology law, to advance student knowledge in these fields, to provide ways to connect students and faculty to industry and practice groups, and to engage in the development of the law in our areas of expertise. It provides the focus for student-initiated work, creates connections between faculty and students, and provides guidance over student work and research in this area. It also supports faculty by providing networks and resources to advance their scholarly interests.

Students affiliated with the Institute (Harlan Scholars, Institute Student Fellows, and Associates) pursue a specialized and rigorous course of study, which thoroughly grounds them in intellectual property, information and technology law. Working closely with Institute faculty, Harlan Scholars and Associates also pursue advanced research and design projects aimed at bringing about real-world change through legal scholarship and/or media and software innovation.

Harlan/Associates Program

The Harlan program is New York Law School’s honors program and it has been a notable success of the school. The IILP has long been the most popular center for Harlans. In order to expand the opportunities to other students, we have created an “Associates Program.” Both Harlans and Associates will have the opportunity to work with our faculty and student research fellows on IILP projects. The Harlans and Associates will have the opportunity to meet every month to discuss recent developments in intellectual property, and blog about these events. 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.

IP Professional Practice Program

The IP Professional Practice Program is a one-year program aimed at giving students a deep understanding of what it takes to succeed in IP-related industries and in the firms that service them. The program includes media and entertainment law, patent law, advertising law, fashion law, and sports law.

Student blogs and journals

The Institute for Information Law and Policy hosts a number of industry-focused student-publication, a “social law journal” that combines a blog, legal resources, essays, and social media tools. The purpose of these blogs has been to provide students with an opportunity to learn about and publicly display their knowledge on current intellectual property issues. To date, five such blogs have been established: CaseClothesed, a site aimed at fashion law and business; ForTheRechord, which focuses on the music industry and the law; All Your Law Are Belong To Us (AYLABTU), which focuses on videogame law; Ad Nauseam, which focuses on the advertising industry and the law; and The Official Review, which focuses on sports law.