Harlan Curriculum

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 has been among the most popular center for Harlans over the last several years.  Harlan Scholars, along with Institute Associates, will have the opportunity to work with our faculty 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 concentration.

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.

Curriculum

Harlan Scholars at IILP are required to take the Intellectual Property survey course, at least one substantive course in the core of intellectual property, two IILP-related electives, and a capstone seminar. In short, you must take all the courses listed in (A) below, at least one course listed in (B) below, and at least two courses listed in (C) below. For a comprehensive intellectual property education, we recommend taking more than the minimum requirements.

A. Core Courses (A)

  • Intellectual Property
  • Capstone Seminar

B. Core Courses (B)

  • Copyright Law
  • Trademarks and Unfair Competition
  • Patent Law
  • Internet Law
  • Privacy Law in the Digital Age

C. Selected Electives (Harlan Scholars are required to take a minimum of two (2) of the following)

  • Advertising, Marketing, and Promotion Law
  • Antitrust Law
  • Art Law
  • Copyright
  • Entertainment Law
  • Federal Regulation of Electronic Media
  • Independent Study
  • Intellectual Property Licensing and Drafting: Patent/Biotech
  • Intellectual Property Licensing and Drafting: Technology
  • Intellectual Property Licensing and Drafting: Entertainment
  • Intellectual Property Licensing and Drafting: Fashion Law
  • Intellectual Property Licensing and Drafting: Publishing/Media
  • International Intellectual Property
  • Internet Law
  • Journalism: Legal Reporting I and II
  • Media Law
  • Patent Law
  • Patent Litigation
  • Privacy in the Digital Age
  • Publishing Law
  • Sports Law
  • Trademarks and Unfair Competition
  • Visual Persuasion in the Law

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) + Capstone Seminar. Course plans are flexible and are to be developed in consultation with Institute faculty. Other NYLS courses, such as Corporations, Antitrust, and Advanced Civil Procedure may also form part of your proposed program if they meet your educational needs and goals.

Internet Law Concentration

  • Intellectual Property
  • Internet Law
  • Copyright
  • Privacy Law in the Digital Age
  • IP Licensing and Drafting: Technology
  • Capstone

Entertainment Law Concentration

  • Intellectual Property
  • Copyright Law
  • Entertainment Law
  • IP Licensing and Drafting: Entertainment
  • Trademarks and Unfair Competition
  • Art Law
  • Capstone

General Intellectual Property Concentration

  • Intellectual Property
  • Internet Law
  • Copyright
  • Trademarks and Unfair Competition
  • Antitrust Law
  • Capstone

Patent Law Concentration

  • Intellectual Property
  • Internet Law
  • Patent Law
  • IP Licensing and Drafting: Patent
  • Patent Litigation
  • Capstone

Visual Persuasion/ Technology Lawyering Concentration

  • Intellectual Property
  • Trademark Law
  • Privacy Law in the Digital Age
  • Visual Persuasion and the Law
  • Capstone

Privacy Law Concentration

  • Intellectual Property
  • Privacy Law in the Digital Age
  • Internet Law
  • Antitrust Law
  • Media Law
  • Capstone

 

Institute for Information Law and Policy Capstone Project

IILP’s capstone project allows Harlan Scholars in their final year to work closely with an IILP-affiliated faculty member on an important, emerging, and discrete area of technology law with the goal of ultimately producing a professional piece of work product. This flexible program allows students to pursue independent and high impact research on current issues related to the course of study they have been taking in law school. Every year, IILP provides a list of ongoing faculty projects. Students may sign on to complete one of those projects or pursue an independent study under the close supervision of IILP faculty. In addition to producing a research or working paper, a comprehensive memo, a brief, or other final product, students will present their work at the annual Harlan Defense Symposium. This requirement builds research and writing skills alongside public speaking and persuasion. Students may work individually or in small groups with approval of a faculty member. Students will receive one (1) credit per semester for a total of two (2) credits for this requirement.