This course explores the complex challenges that entrepreneurs, businesses,
and other organizations face when trying to address legal issues
relating to technology. The seminar's approach is both practical and
multidisciplinary, and it encourages students to explore the roles of a
wide range of stakeholders (including lawyers, policy advocates and
policymakers, businesspersons, and technologists) in developing legal
and business strategies. The course draws on a rich set of case studies
based on recent legal controversies (including pre-litigation
correspondence, pleadings, briefs, and other litigation materials).
Students also review, analyze, and critique transactional documents and
privacy policies), with an eye toward assessing legal and PR risks and
protecting client's interests. Using all of these materials, the course
condenses and weaves together experiences that lawyers and clients
encounter day-to-day with core doctrinal and theoretical principles of
relevant areas of law (including IP, speech, privacy, and the like). The class focuses particularly closely on critical and strategic thinking
and analysis, complex legal and practical problem solving and
decision-making, and clear and persuasive writing and drafting. At
various points throughout the semester, the instructors will bring in
outside specialists to enhance students' understanding of the interplay
between substantive and practical issues.
Cross-Registration: Cross-registrants are strongly encouraged
to apply. We would like to have a diverse mix of backgrounds in our
seminar this fall and have reserved seats for graduate students from
Note: Students who previously enrolled in the Practical Lawyering in Cyberspace seminar may not register for this course.
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