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Practical Lawyering and Internet-Related Issues - Fall 2005

Seminar: Practical Lawyering and Internet-Related Issues - 2005

Harvard Law School

Fall Term, Thursdays, 2:50 - 4:50 p.m., Hauser 101


Using a variety of Internet-related case studies drawn from recent, actual controversies, along with targeted readings, court filings, real-life testimony, deposition videotapes and other actual demonstrative materials, the seminar covers the practical lawyering skills essential for the successful and effective representation of clients in a wide variety of disputes in the field of Internet law. The seminar's subject matter will cover issues including intellectual property, speech, privacy, competition and other core Internet law themes. This seminar will condense and weave together a broad range of experiences students ultimately may encounter in the actual practice of law in this burgeoning area with the core doctrinal and theoretical principles of the relevant areas of law. Accordingly, special emphasis will be placed on decision-making and counseling skills; clear and persuasive writing, drafting and negotiating skills and, most importantly; critical and strategic thinking.

During the seminar, students will become familiar with the fundamentals of practical lawyering in the context of cutting-edge substantive issues drawn from actual litigation and reported cases, many of them still unfolding as the seminar progresses. At appropriate moments in the term, outside specialists from industry, government and elsewhere may be brought in to enhance the students' understanding of the complex interplay between substantive and practical issues.

This seminar is designed in large measure as an offering for those students who intend to take, or have taken, the Clinical Program in Cyberlaw at the Berkman Center. This seminar will ensure that students are exposed to the fundamental building blocks necessary to enhance their ability to take full advantage of the program and better serve their clients.