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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

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

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

Past Courses

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

Problem Solving Workshop A — Winter 2017

The course is intended to help prepare you for the actual practice of law by allowing you actively to engage in the sorts of discussions and activities that occupy real lawyers… More

JuryX Workshop — Winter 2017

Professor Nesson The class will consider campus issues of law, race, class and gender. You will explore the concept of jury in both theory and practice. You will… More

Internet & Society: The Technologies and Politics of Control — Winter 2017

This course offers a rigorous introduction to the field of cyberlaw. We will investigate the evolving nature of online architecture and activities, and the ways in which, law has… More

Communications and Internet Law and Policy - Fall 2016

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

City Use of Technology - Fall 2016

This is a course surveying the efforts of city officials around the world to work with technology and community partners to solve challenging civic problems. More

Responsive Communities Lab - Fall 2016

The Responsive Communities Lab is designed to give students, both graduate and undergraduate, meaningful opportunities to work on policy papers, research reports, recommendations… More

Intellectual Property Law: Advanced - Fall 2016

This course 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

Trademark - Fall 2016

This course will examine trademark law and the law of unfair competition in the United States and in other countries. More

Counseling and Legal Strategy in the Digital Age - Fall 2016

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

Law and U.S.-China Economic Relations - Fall 2016

This course will examine a series of topics that have been the source of tension between the two largest economies in the world, the United States and China, when it comes to… More

Cyberlaw Clinic - Fall 2016

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

Making Sense: Language, Logic, and Interpretation - Fall 2016

Why is human language capable of conveying meaningful information to a degree unmatched by natural or artificial codes? Why does semantic content spontaneously attach to speech… More

Cyberlaw Clinic Seminar - Fall 2016

This seminar is required for all students enrolled in the Cyberlaw Clinic. The course incorporates instruction about substantive legal issues at the heart of the Clinic's practice… More

Questions of Theory - Fall 2016

The seminar is built around a sequence of fundamental questions regarding the literary disciplines, their history and epistemology. More