Curriculum

INTRODUCTION TO THE IILP CURRICULUM

The IILP at New York Law School provides you with an unmatched and rigorous doctrinal and practical education in what is loosely called, Technology and Information Law. That encompasses three related areas of law and policy.

LightbulbThe first is INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW, which refers to the laws, policies, and judicial decisions that protect intangible goods like art and music, brand names and goodwill, television and screenplays. We focus on the three major federal statutes (patent, copyright and trademark) and a wide range of related international, state and contract law protections. Our teaching of intellectual property also focuses on the role technology plays in promoting and/or hindering creativity, innovation, and equal justice.

While the Introduction to Intellectual Property course teaches the fundamentals of IP law, a variety of advanced courses offer an intensive look at each of the major statutory areas as well as specific industries, including art, entertainment, publishing, and sports. Doctrinal courses are complemented by “hands on” skills courses: Intellectual Property Licensing and Drafting and Litigating and IP Case, which provides students with an opportunity to learn how IP litigation works and helps prepare students to be ready to practice on Day 1 of their careers.

Lawyers who study intellectual property are in high demand; the highest demand, in fact! IP lawyers also practice in a wide variety of fields. If you want to be a sports lawyer that represents the NFL or a baseball team or a player, if you want to be a fashion lawyer that represents designer labels and cracks down on counterfeit goods, if you want to be an advertising lawyer that helps determine the commercials you see on television, if you want to be a patent lawyer or litigator that helps bring new and necessary inventions to the market, or if you want to practice in any of more than 20 IP-related fields, intellectual property should be your focus.

15-02-2013_internetThe second, broadly defined, is CYBERLAW AND PRIVACY, which covers the law of privacy, social and political life on the Internet, the law of electronic commerce, and the law of electronic democracy and government. These fields are probably the fastest growing and most timely areas for legal study and practice. The internet is everywhere and digital technologies have changed–and will continue to change–our lives. Our world-renowned faculty offer entry-level and advanced courses on Internet Law, Information Privacy Law, and e-Democracy, just to name a few. You will learn how to interpret “big data” and be prepared to advise business leaders on data tracking and how to navigate the complex labyrinth of privacy laws in the United States and abroad. You will also be able to dedicate time to social justice causes, including representing victims of online harassment and hate. Our cyberlaw curriculum asks: How have digital, networked, and internet technologies changed the way we interact with one another, engage in commerce, and protect ourselves and our families? And what laws and policies must change to adapt to a networked life?

A background in cyberlaw and privacy can lead in many different directions. Both large and small firms regularly represent companies that are developing innovative technologies or using the Internet to engage with the market. In house legal positions at both large and small companies often require the ability to oversee a portfolio of intellectual property, to understand and avoid security risks posed by the Internet, and to exploit new opportunities presented by a global marketplace. Many government agencies offer employment opportunities for lawyers who want to grapple with the challenge of regulating new technologies or of using new technologies to enhance governmental efficiency and effectiveness. Some lawyers use their familiarity with both the law and with the new technologies to create new tools for legal practitioners or to start businesses that exploit the increasing potential of networked software code.

computer-technologyThe third category of courses falls under the LEGAL TECHNOLOGY AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP umbrella. Here, we examine the impact of information technology on law and business, lawyers and their clients, legal education, and access to justice. We strive to create a steady pipeline of lawyers who are entrepreneurs themselves and ready to provide counsel in a dynamic marketplace dominated by technology entrepreneurs.

We offer a complement of courses focused on training the lawyer for practice in the digital age. From Visual Persuasion in the Law to the entrepreneurship courses and clinic Cybercrime to Advocacy and the Big Case, New York Law School provides curricular and extra-curricular opportunities for the aspiring lawyer to learn how to use new tools in the practice of law. The new lawyer knows how to wield media and technology as well as verbal and visual rhetoric and written texts in defense of her client and in pursuit of social justice. Our students learn to create video closing arguments, to make software to solve a policy problem and to understand the technologies being used in government, courts, legislatures and law offices today. Training in law practice technologies allows every student, regardless of his or her practice area, to develop the skills that are necessary for effective lawyering in contemporary society. The acquisition of these practical skills gives students a competitive edge which makes them more attractive to potential employers.

THE IILP CURRICULUM

The IILP curriculum can be divided into three categories: Core courses, elective and specialized courses, and practice-based courses.

Core Courses

We offer a series of “core” courses focused on intellectual property, privacy, and internet law. We encourage all law students to take two or more of these courses.

The core courses in this area are Introduction to Intellectual Property, Internet law, Trademarks and Unfair Competition, Copyright law, Patent law and Privacy law. These courses map out a broad range of topics associated with law’s impact on, and its ongoing adaptation to, the electronic production, manipulation, storage, and dissemination of information. We cover the applicability of traditional legal doctrine to new technology and technological solutions to legal problems. The Introduction to Intellectual Property course surveys trade secret, patent, copyright and trademark law and the interrelationship between these different forms of protection for information and expression. This is a prerequisite for most upper-level intellectual property courses.

Elective and Specialized Courses

Students interested in IILP-related fields should take several of the courses in each of the three topic areas. In addition to these courses, we strongly recommend students take Corporations, Antitrust, and Administrative Law. Our advanced doctrinal courses include the following:

Practice-Based Courses

We offer a comprehensive practical and experential learning environment that allows students to apply what they learn in their doctrinal courses to real-world problems and to learn what it’s like to practice law in several IILP-related fields. In addition to these courses, we will inaugurate several clinics to serve the needs of innovators and those artists who cannot afford expensive private counsel.

Our practice-based courses include:

HARLAN SCHOLARS CURRICULUM

The Harlan Scholars Curriculum is a rigorous academic honors program designed for students who have performed at the top of their law school class. The IILP has been among the most popular center for Harlans over the last several years. For more details and to see our Harlan requirements, click here.

CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

The IILP is proud to inaugurate a certificate program that recognizes outstanding students who, upon graduation, have completed a rigorous course of specialized study in one of several IILP-related fields. These certificates serve as testaments to hard work, dedication, and a commitment to a career in technology, privacy, internet, or privacy law. They also show prospective employers that NYLS and IILP graduates are experts in their field and ready to work on Day 1. For more information and to see the certificates available and their requirements, click here.