There are many ways to get involved with the Institute and our Faculty, both in and outside of the classroom.
The Harlan program is New York Law School’s honors program and it has been a notable success of the school. The IILP recently became the most popular center for Harlans, accepting 46 students in the 2010–2011 academic year. In order to expand the opportunities to other students, we have created an “Associates Program.” Both Harlans and Associates will have the opportunity of working with our faculty, graduate fellows 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.
The Jobtrack Program is a two 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. In the 2009–2010 academic year we successfully trialed three different tracks in advertising law, fashion law, and music law. The program has now been expanded to include media and entertainment law, publishing law, videogame law, patent law, and sports law; in the 2012-13 academic year, enrollment increased to ninety-eight (98) students.
Student blogs and journals
In 2009–2010 we experimented with a new type of student-publication, a “social law journal” that combines a blog, along with legal resources, essays, and social media tools. Our first attempt at this, Case Clothesed, is a site aimed at fashion law and business. It has been a great success, both with the students and our audience, and has provided students with a place to demonstrate that they can read, report, and comment on legal issues that matter to the industry and profession. To date, we have launched five blogs, including: For The Rechord, focusing on music law, All Your Law Are Belong To Us, focusing on videogame law; Ad Naseam, focusing on advertising law; and, The Official Review, focusing on sports law.
Tech Law Labs
Project-based learning has been a central feature of the IILP for years, and this year is no different. Tech Law Labs allow students to work with faculty members on real-world topics and with real-world clients. Previous Tech Law Labs have included the Clickable Statute (a law teaching tool), the Vermont Virtual Corporation, and the Peer To Patent project. More recent topics include producing documentaries about legal issues, building social media and mobile applications for legal practice, and an empirical study on the effect of intellectual property on the freedom of speech.