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HLS students: Teach copyright next spring!

Become a Teaching Fellow for CopyrightX 2014

CopyrightX is seeking HLS students to serve as Teaching Fellows for its Spring 2014 run. This is an excellent opportunity to engage more deeply with copyright and gain teaching experience. Teaching Fellows will receive three credits (two classroom credits & one writing credit) through the course Teaching Copyright, also taught by Professor Fisher in Spring 2014.

Course description

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 a Teaching Fellow for CopyrightX, an online copyright course taught by Prof. Fisher to roughly 500 students worldwide.

Teaching Copyright is open to Harvard Law School students who either have already taken a course on Copyright at HLS or will be enrolled in such a course during the Spring of 2014.  Other students can enroll only with the permission of the instructor.

CopyrightX closely parallels the HLS course on Copyright.  Like the HLS students, the CopyrightX students learn the essential elements of both doctrine and theory by watching videotaped lectures prepared by Prof. Fisher, reading cases and secondary materials, and watching webcast special events that examine controversial current topics.  In addition, each CopyrightX student participates in a 25-person seminar led by a Teaching Fellow.

Each Teaching Fellow has three primary responsibilities:  to conduct each week an 80-minute live online discussion that uses case studies to refine his or her students’ understanding of the pertinent laws and policies; to draft or revise (at some point during the semester) one case study that will be employed both by Prof. Fisher and by the other Teaching Fellows to facilitate discussions; and to monitor and moderate an asynchronous online conversation among the students in his or her section.  In addition, the Teaching Fellows will meet once a week (on Wednesday, between 10:20 and 11:40 am) with Prof. Fisher to debate the issues addressed in the lecture and readings for that week and to exchange ideas concerning possible ways of teaching their own seminars.

An information session, in which Prof. Fisher will describe this venture in more detail and respond to questions, will be held in Hauser 104 on October 7, from 12 pm to 1 pm.  For more information, contact the Head Teaching Fellow, Ana Enriquez <>.

Frequently asked questions:

Who can be a Teaching Fellow?

Harvard Law School students who have taken Copyright at HLS or will take it in Spring 2014 are automatically eligible to be Teaching Fellows and can sign up by enrolling in Professor Fisher’s course, Teaching Copyright. Other students can enroll only with the permission of Professor Fisher.

How much credit is associated with being a TF?

Teaching Fellows will take Teaching Copyright, a three-credit (two classroom credits and one writing credit) course to be taught by Professor Fisher in Spring 2014.

What is the time commitment?

Being a Teaching Fellow for CopyrightX will take an average of 10 hours a week during the spring term. It will also require reviewing students’ applications to the course before the term begins and grading students’ exams at the end of the term.

How do I sign up?

Sign up by enrolling in Professor Fisher’s course, Teaching Copyright, on HELIOS.

Where can I learn more about CopyrightX?

The CopyrightX homepage is located here.

Where can I ask other questions?

Please feel free to contact Ana Enriquez <>, Head Teaching Fellow, with additional questions.

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CopyrightX is a twelve-week networked course offered under the auspices of Harvard Law School, the HarvardX distance-learning initiative, and the Berkman Klein Center. More