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Education

Teaching and learning are at the core of our work. Berkman Klein Center faculty and affiliates teach and mentor across the University and beyond the gates of Harvard. Among our key programs is the Cyberlaw Clinic, which has educated hundreds of Harvard Law School students thought real-world opportunities to advise clients on technology-related issues with the guidance of licensed attorneys. We also build platforms to facilitate new ways of learning and open our classrooms to the world.

Examples of our education-related activities include the Digital Literacy Resource Platform (DLRP), an evolving collection of tools in different languages that people can use to learn more about Internet related themes; CopyrightX, a three-pronged initiative that includes a course at Harvard Law School, a popular online course open to the public, and a series of international affiliated courses taught by local copyright experts; the AGTech Forum, a series of workshops that bring together state attorneys general and staff with academics and technologists to discuss emerging issues in technology; and H2O, a platform for organizing, consuming, and sharing electronic textbooks, and course materials. We also contribute to learning and the exchange of ideas through the workshops, events, and talks we host, which bring leading thinkers and practitioners together with our community and the public to discuss challenging topics related to the Internet.

Past efforts have included study groups that are open to the public on topics such as robotics and the ethics of data, Harvard’s Digital Problem Solving Initiative, and iLaw, an early initiative aimed to to offer the public a way to learn about the essential legal, economic, and public interest debates surrounding the Internet and new technologies.

Formal courses are also among Berkman Klein’s educational offerings. Below is a list of BKC-affiliated courses offered at Harvard.

Upcoming Courses

Copyright - Spring 2019

This course will explore copyright law and policy. More

Trademark and Unfair Competition - Spring 2019

Professor Rebecca Tushnet This course will introduce students to the federal Lanham Act and related common law… More

Teaching Copyright - Spring 2019

This course is designed for students who are interested in deepening their knowledge of copyright law and gaining experience with law teaching. More

Applied Ethical and GovernanceChallenges in AI - Spring 2019

This course will pursue a cross-disciplinary investigation of the development and deployment of the opaque complex adaptive systems that are increasingly in public and private use. More

Comparative Digital Privacy - Spring 2019

In this interactive seminar, we will identify, map, analyze, and discuss latest developments in privacy law related to the digital environment from a comparative perspective and… More

Internet & Society: The Technologies and Politics of Control - Spring 2019

This course offers a rigorous introduction to the field of cyberlaw. More

Communications and Internet Law and Policy - Winter 2019

The course will provide an introduction and overview to questions of communications and Internet law and policy. More

Fifteen Things ( A Secret History of Italian Design) - Spring 2019

Fifteen Things explores intertwinings between design, science, technology, society, art, and culture by means of the "excavation" of fifteen objects from different periods in the… More

Patent Law - Winter 2019

Roughly half of this course will examine and assess the legal rules in the United States and other countries governing patents.  The other half will explore policy issues… More

Futurisms (a comparative history) - Spring 2019

The seminar adopts a cross-disciplinary and comparative focus; and includes such topics as humans and machines; experimental poetics; futurism's ties to anarchism, bolshevism and… More

Cyberlaw Clinic - Spring 2019

The Cyberlaw Clinic engages Harvard Law School students in a wide range of real-world client counseling, licensing and transactional, litigation, advocacy, and policy projects and… More

Cyberlaw Clinic Seminar - Spring 2019

This seminar is required for all students enrolled in the Cyberlaw Clinic. More

Introduction to Computer Science II - Spring 2019

Topics include functional and object-oriented styles of programming, software engineering in the small, and models of computation. More

Music and Digital Media - Spring 2019

This course explores a variety of legal issues relating to the creation, exploitation, and protection of music and other content. More

Advertising Law - Spring 2019

This course covers legal regulation of advertising in the United States, with some comparison to other countries. More

Past Courses

Fair Trial - Spring 2018

No jury exists without bias or context. The American jury is designed as a “black box” that we push facts into and expect a fair decision from. But what makes a trial, and thus a… More

Cyberlaw Clinic Seminar - Fall 2017

This course incorporates instruction about substantive legal issues at the heart of the Clinic's practice, case studies and exercises designed to enhance students' practice skills… More

Technology and Inequality - Fall 2017

The course will consider the role of technological change in shaping social and economic patterns, focusing in particular on the distribution of wealth in society. More

Intellectual Property Law: Advanced - Fall 2017

This seminar is intended for students who are already familiar with the main contours of intellectual-property law and would like to explore the subject further. More

Patent Law - Fall 2017

Roughly half of this course will examine and assess the legal rules in the United States and other countries governing patents. More

Human and Community Rights: Pursuing Justice for Indigenous People - Fall 2017 - Spring 2018

How can an indigenous group successfully assert legal and human rights nationally and internationally? From intellectual and real property to religious and cultural claims, this… More

Advanced International Trade Law - Fall 2017

This course will examine cutting-edge issues in international trade, following from the demise of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the pledge to create an "America first" trade… More

Counseling and Legal Strategy in the Digital Age - Fall 2017

This course explores the complex challenges that entrepreneurs, businesses, and other organizations face when trying to address legal issues relating to technology. More

Compliance and Computation Overview

What is the role of the law and of lawyers in a machine learning/AI world? More

Cyberlaw Clinic - Fall 2017

The Cyberlaw Clinic, based at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, engages Harvard Law School students in a wide range of real-world client counseling, licensing and… More

Music and Digital Media — Spring 2017

This course explores a variety of legal issues relating to the creation, exploitation, and protection of music and other content. The seminar focuses on traditional legal regimes… More

What should or could (scholarly) knowledge look like in the 21st Century? A Knowledge Design seminar — Spring 2017

This seminar will be run by the metaLAB (at) Harvard team. It will explore the shapes and forms that experimental scholarship is assuming in an array of arts and humanities… More

Big Data in Marketing — Spring 2017

We stand at the inception of a fundamentally new way to create and run markets. Marketing can gather, analyze, and deploy data on people and transactions at speeds and… More

Abstraction and Design in Computation — Spring 2017

This course covers abstraction and design in computation. Topics include functional and object-oriented styles of programming, software engineering in the small, and models of… More

Copyright — Spring 2017

This course will explore copyright law and policy. Approximately two thirds of the class time and readings will be devoted to the American copyright system; the remainder will be… More

Introduction to Computer Science II — Spring 2017

Abstraction and design in computation. Topics include functional and object-oriented styles of programming, software engineering in the small, and models of computation. Our main… More

Teaching Copyright — Spring 2017

This course is designed for students who are interested in deepening their knowledge of copyright law and gaining experience with law teaching. Each student in the course will be… More

International Trade Law — Spring 2017

This course focuses on the law governing international trade as established by the World Trade Organization. It engages in an in-depth analysis of WTO rules and case law. The… More

Comparative Online Privacy — Spring 2017

Online privacy has become a major issue for Internet users, technology companies, online business, researchers, and policy-makers around the world, as more and more personal… More

Law and the International Economy — Spring 2017

This course is designed to introduce first-year students to the architecture of the international economic law system. Its emphasis is on elements of international law that affect… More