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Cyberlaw Clinic

Harvard Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic, based at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, provides high-quality, pro-bono legal services to appropriate clients on issues relating to the Internet, technology, and intellectual property.

Students enhance their preparation for high-tech practice and technology policy work, earning course credit by working on real-world litigation, client counseling, advocacy, and contractual projects. The Clinic strives to help clients achieve success in their activities online, mindful of (and in response to) existing law; and works with clients to shape the law’s development through policy and advocacy efforts. The Cyberlaw Clinic was the first of its kind, and it continues its tradition of innovation in its areas of practice. 

Law students enrolled in the Clinic work directly with clients, under the supervision of experienced attorneys. In some cases, the Clinic collaborates with counsel across the country and around the world to take advantage of regional or substantive legal expertise.  Since it was founded, the Clinic has grown dramatically in the breadth and complexity of its cases, projects, and vision of social justice in the tech sector; the types and variety of clients it serves; its popularity with students at Harvard Law School; the sophistication of its pedagogy; and the connections it develops in its students among theory, doctrine, and practice.

For more information, visit https://clinic.cyber.harvard.edu.


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Harvard Law Today
Jun 16, 2021

Christopher Bavitz appointed Harvard Law School’s vice dean for experiential and clinical education

As vice dean, Bavitz will foster and support the work of HLS’s terrific experience-based learning programs

As vice dean, Bavitz will foster and support the work of HLS’s terrific experience-based learning programs, including 36 clinics and 11 student practice organizations.

News
Oct 30, 2020

Cyberlaw Clinic and EFF publish Guide to Legal Risks of Security Research

Guide provides pragmatic guidance for navigating today’s uncertain legal landscape

News
Aug 27, 2020

Cyberlaw Clinic weighs in on warrantless device searches at the US border

Mason Kortz discusses an amicus brief filed on behalf of the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic

News
May 27, 2020

Looking Back at 2019-20, The Cyberlaw Clinic’s 20th Anniversary Year

An overview of the past year at the Cyberlaw Clinic

News
Apr 10, 2020

Cyberlaw Clinic turns 20

Founded in 1999, the first-of-its-kind clinical program based at the Berkman Klein Center celebrates two decades of perpetual adaptation

Founded in 1999, the first-of-its-kind clinical program based at the Berkman Klein Center celebrates two decades of perpetual adaptation

Event
Nov 18, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Napster@20: Reflections on the Internet’s Most Controversial Music File Sharing Service

Part of the Cyberlaw Clinic 20th Anniversary Event Series

VIDEO & PODCAST: Examining the direct and indirect legacy of Napster over the past two decades

Cyberlaw Clinic
Oct 1, 2019

Cyberlaw Clinic Announces Launch of New First Amendment Fellowship Program

Initiative for a Representative First Amendment seeks to cultivate a broader and more diverse community of freedom of expression practitioners

News
Jun 7, 2019

Introducing the Principled Artificial Intelligence Project

Berkman Klein’s Cyberlaw Clinic launches project to map AI principles and guidelines

News
Mar 28, 2019

Freedom of Expression Without Frontiers

Berkman Klein Center Joins Columbia University Led Partnership for a Freedom of Expression Digital Teaching Portal

Close to 300 academic and training resources on the laws, institutions and actors that have founded a global system of freedom of expression, information and media

News
Feb 25, 2019

Tech Giants, Profs Push Justices To Take Google-Oracle Case

The Oracle - Google case. Setting legal norms and a global precedent for software copyrights and infringement. 

News
Feb 4, 2019

Template License and Collaboration Agreements for AI Art

Guidance for developers and artists on how to handle rights for AI-generated art

News
Jan 28, 2019

Clinic Files Amicus Brief for Former Magistrate Judges re: Surveillance Orders

The Cyberlaw Clinic filed an amicus brief supporting a BuzzFeed News journalist's petition to unseal applications and orders for pen registers, trap and trace devices, tracking…

News
Dec 10, 2018

Clinic Releases Guide to Anti-Circumvention Exemption for Software Preservation

A new guide for preservationists who want to take advantage of the legal exemption to archive software

Event
Nov 30, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Promoting Fairness, Equity, and Human Rights in Tech

Perspectives from Europe and the US on a Law and Policy Agenda

VIDEO & PODCAST: A broad overview of the landscape for regulating cutting-edge digital technologies in Europe and the US

Miami Herald
Sep 17, 2018

City attorney sues blogger for libel. Is it ‘a threat designed to silence?’

In this article by Sarah Blaskey centered around litigation in the blogosphere, Kendra Albert provides context on the larger legal landscape.

News
Aug 28, 2018

Cyberlaw Clinic Supports Engine Advocacy in Challenge to Net Neutrality Rollback

In this piece, The Cyberlaw Clinic outlines action on a recent amicus brief.

Event
May 22, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Art that Imitates Art

Computational Creativity and Creative Contracting

Copyright in AI-generated works, the need for a shared understanding of what is and isn’t up for grabs in a license, and how forward-thinking contracts can prevent AI developers…

Jan 22, 2018

The Cyberlaw Guide to Protest Art

In this guide, we'll cover the main areas of law that are implicated by protest art online. We’ll give you the background on what the law is and explain why it works the way it…

News
Nov 22, 2017

A Legal Anatomy of AI-generated Art: Part I

This Comment, published in the JOLT Digest, is the first in a two-part series on how lawyers should think about art generated by artificial intelligences, particularly with regard…

News
Sep 6, 2017

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Ruling on Bail Instructive Re: Algorithms & Criminal Justice

Prof. Chris Bavitz notes how a recent Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling might impact the use of algorithms in criminal justice.

Mar 22, 2017

Organization & Structure of Open Source Software Development Initiatives

Challenges & Opportunities Concerning Corporate Formation, Nonprofit Status, & Governance for Open Source Projects

A collection of case studies and organizational models for those who manage and participate in open source development initiatives.

News
Mar 29, 2016

Cyberlaw Clinic FAQ — 2016-17 Registration Starts Soon!

Harvard Law School 1Ls and 2Ls should now be aware that clinical registration for the 2016-17 academic year takes place this week, starting at 9:00 am on Wednesday, March 30 and…

Event
Oct 10, 2014 @ 2:00 PM

National Security and Cyberthreats

A Conversation with John Carlin, Assistant Attorney General for National Security

Join Assistant Attorney General for National Security HLS alumnus and Heyman Fellow John Carlin, together with moderator Jonathan Zittrain, for a conversation about significant…

Apr 25, 2014

Christopher T. Bavitz Appointed Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School

Christopher T. Bavitz has been appointed Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Bavitz has been a Clinical Instructor and Lecturer on Law at HLS and is Managing Director…

News
Mar 24, 2014

Harvard Law School Students: Clinical Enrollment Next Week! Meet the Cyberlaw Clinic This Week!

Attention Harvard Law School 1Ls and 2Ls: as you make your way back from spring break and head into the homestretch of the 2013-14 academic year, you should be aware that…

News
Oct 17, 2013

Berkman Center Among Inaugural Participants In Privacy Program for Middle School Students

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society is pleased to be among the inaugural participating institutions in an innovative privacy program launched this week by Fordham Law School…

News
Jul 10, 2013

Explore the Cyberlaw Clinic's New Website

Following last week’s news about changes at the Cyberlaw Clinic, we wanted to formally announce the launch of the Clinic’s new website: cyberlawclinic.berkman.harvard.edu. The…

News
Jul 9, 2013

DMLP files brief seeking First Amendment scrutiny in United States v. Auernheimer

Yesterday the Digital Media Law Project, with help from the Cyberlaw Clinic, filed an amicus brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in United States v…

Jul 1, 2013

Berkman Center for Internet & Society and Harvard Law School Announce a Reconfiguration of the Berkman Cyberlaw Clinic

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society and Harvard Law School are pleased to announce the promotion of Christopher T. Bavitz to the role of Managing Director of the Cyberlaw…

Event
May 4, 2013 @ 9:00 AM

Filling the News Gap in Cambridge and Beyond: Citizen Journalism and Grassroots Media

The event will explore the quickly expanding world of citizen journalism: how technology is fueling its growth; how that growth is changing the way we see our world, enact change,…

News
Mar 26, 2013

HLS Students: Clinical Registration April 3rd – 5th

Come learn about the Cyberlaw Clinic during the HLS Clinical Fair

Are you interested in getting law school credit by working for real-world clients on cutting-edge legal issues that involve intellectual property, privacy, technology, and the…

News
Mar 4, 2013

The DMLP Asks the Sixth Circuit to Safeguard Crowdsourced Research and Data-based Journalism

The Digital Media Law Project (formerly the Citizen Media Law Project), assisted by Harvard Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic, has asked the Sixth Circuit to make clear that website…

News
Nov 26, 2012

Harvard i-Lab Experts in Residence Office Hours (Revised Dates)

The Harvard Innovation Lab invites students to consult with experts in residence joining us on campus for office hours over the next few weeks.

News
Mar 29, 2012

Attention HLS students interested in the Cyberlaw Clinic: Clinical Registration for 2012-2013 is currently underway!

Clinical registration for fall, winter, and spring clinics during the 2012-2013 academic year is now underway and runs through MONDAY, APRIL 2, 2012 at 11:59 PM (EDT). Detailed…

News
Jan 27, 2012

DMLP Advocates Protection for Uses of Trademarks in Critical Speech Online Before Massachusetts Appeals Court

The Digital Media Law Project (DMLP), assisted by Harvard Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic, last week asked the Massachusetts Appeals Court to reject a claim of trademark infringement…

News
Oct 6, 2011

Harvard Innovation Lab (i-Lab) Information Session

Come meet the directors of the new Harvard Innovation Lab (i-Lab). They will be describing the brand-new i-Lab and answering any questions you have about getting involved with…

News
May 19, 2011

Technology and Access to Justice

For the last year and a half, Cyberlaw Clinic Director Phil Malone and Clinic students have been evaluating how technology can assist citizens, especially low-income, pro se, and…

News
Mar 23, 2011

Attention HLS students interested in the Cyberlaw Clinic:

The Harvard Law School Clinical Forum takes place today, March 23! Clinical Registration for 2011-2012 takes place April 4 and 5!

News
Feb 11, 2011

CMLP Urges First Circuit to Safeguard First Amendment Rights in Case Involving Cellphone Camera Recording of Police Officers

The Citizen Media Law Project submitted an amicus curiae brief to the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in a case involving a lawyer who was arrested for using…

Event
Nov 4, 2010 @ 12:00 PM

The Cablevision Case - 2 Years Later: A Conversation About Copyright, Content, and the Cloud

R. David Hosp, Goodwin Procter LLP & Ed Weiss, New England Sports Ventures

The Berkman Center's Cyberlaw Clinic and Harvard Law School's Journal of Law and Technology present a conversation about 2008's landmark "Cablevision" case, in which the Second…

News
Oct 18, 2010

Attention Harvard Law students!

Cyberlaw Clinic registration takes place this week for the upcoming winter and spring terms.

HLS 2Ls and 3Ls interested in legal issues relating to technology and the Internet are encouraged to register for the Cyberlaw Clinic, which is based at Harvard's Berkman Center…

Jul 29, 2010

Best Practices in the Use of Technology to Facilitate Access to Justice Initiatives

Preliminary Report

The Cyberlaw Clinic undertook this study to help the Massachusetts Trial Court work toward a comprehensive, holistic strategic plan for maximizing technology’s role in the Access…

News
Jun 23, 2010

"Sexting": legal and practical issues

The Berkman Center is pleased to share our Youth and Media Policy Working Group Initiative's latest document, which addresses legal and practical issues related to the practice…

News
Jun 22, 2010

Berkman Center’s Citizen Media Law Project and Cyberlaw Clinic Advocate First Amendment Scrutiny in Hot News Cases

The Citizen Media Law Project, with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Public Citizen, submitted an amicus curiae brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit,…

Publication
Jun 22, 2010

Sexting: Youth Practices and Legal Implications

This document addresses legal and practical issues related to the practice colloquially known as sexting. It was created by Harvard Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic, based at the…

News
May 26, 2010

Thank you, students & research assistants!

As Harvard prepares for its 359th commencement, all of us at the Berkman Center would like to express our thanks to the many students and research assistants who worked with us in…

News
May 6, 2010

New Hampshire Supreme Court Upholds Free Speech Rights for Online News Sites

Ruling Mirrors Arguments Made in Brief by the Citizen Media Law Project, Harvard Cyberlaw Clinic, and Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

The NH Supreme Court today issued an important decision upholding the First Amendment rights of online publishers...the Court concluded that a lower court’s injunction preventing…

Event
Apr 9, 2010 @ 9:00 AM

Symposium: Journalism's Digital Transition: Unique Legal Challenges and Opportunities

The Berkman Center's Citizen Media Law Project and Cyberlaw Clinic are pleased to announce a one-day symposium and CLE program to celebrate the launch of the Online Media Legal…

Mar 4, 2010

CMLP and Cyberlaw Clinic Call On Illinois Supreme Court to Preserve Broad Purpose of Citizen Participation Act

The Citizen Media Law Project, joined by the Public Participation Project, the Online News Association, and the Chicago Current, submitted an amicus curiae brief to the Illinois…

News
Oct 20, 2009

Attention HLS Students: Winter/Spring Clinical Registration Takes Place This Week!

Are you an HLS student interested in getting law school credit by working for real-world clients on cutting-edge legal issues that involve intellectual property, technology, and…

News
Oct 5, 2009

CMLP and Cyberlaw Clinic Endorse Anti-SLAPP Protection for Staff of Media and Advocacy Organizations

On Thursday, the Citizen Media Law Project (CMLP) joined the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law of the Boston…

News
Jul 23, 2009

CMLP and Cyberlaw Clinic Amicus Brief in the News

In an editorial published earlier this week, the Nashua Telegraph highlighted an amicus brief filed last month by Berkman’s Citizen Media Law Project (CMLP) with the assistance…

News
Jul 15, 2009

Berkman Team Submits Follow-Up to DMCA Exemption Request

Berkman Student Fellow Christopher Soghoian, assisted by Harvard Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic, recently submitted responses to questions from the U.S. Copyright Office regarding…

News
Jun 23, 2009

Citizen Media Law Project and Cyberlaw Clinic Urge NH Supreme Court to Defend First Amendment Rights of Mortgage Site

The Citizen Media Law Project (CMLP), assisted by Harvard Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic, urged the New Hampshire Supreme Court to defend the First Amendment rights of a website…

News
May 14, 2009

First Cooley Fellow Named at Harvard Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic

Cooley Godward Kronish LLP announced today that Dena Sacco, a former federal prosecutor, has been named the inaugural Cooley Fellow at the Harvard Law School Cyberlaw Clinic at…

News
May 12, 2009

Unique Fall 2009 Cyberlaw Clinic & Winter 2010 Course Opportunity with Prof. Zittrain

Professor Zittrain is soliciting applications from students interested in a fall placement at the Cyberlaw Clinic at the Berkman Center in conjunction with his winter-term 2010 …

News
May 7, 2009

Harvard Team Advocates for DRM Exemption at Copyright Office DMCA Hearing

Berkman Center Student Fellow Christopher Soghoian testified yesterday at a Copyright Office hearing in Washington, DC, in support of his requests for exemptions from the Digital…

News
Apr 3, 2009

HLS Students: Clinical Forum, Monday April 6th!

Fall 2009 Clinical Enrollment, Monday and Tuesday, April 13th and 14th!

News
Mar 25, 2009

Citizen Media Law Project and Cyberlaw Clinic Lead Amicus Effort Promoting Rights of Anonymous Online Speakers in IL

In a case involving important First Amendment rights, the Citizen Media Law Project joined a number of media and advocacy organizations in asking an Illinois appellate court to…

News
Mar 6, 2009

Debating CDA 230

An exchange between John Palfrey and Adam Thierer concerning tweaking Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act was published today in Ars Technica...

News
Feb 18, 2009

Cooley Establishes Harvard Law School’s First Cyberlaw Clinic Fellowship

Cooley Godward Kronish LLP announced that it has established the first Cyberlaw Clinic Fellowship at Harvard Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic at the Berkman Center for Internet &…

News
Jan 13, 2009

CMLP: Documenting the 2009 Presidential Inauguration

The Citizen Media Law Project has released a must-read for anyone planning a trip to DC on January 20 to witness and record history...

News
Dec 3, 2008

Berkman Fellow teams up with Cyberlaw Clinic to submit DMCA request

Berkman Fellow Chris Soghoian writes on Surveillance State, his CNET blog: "A team from Harvard's Berkman Center...has requested an exemption [to the DMCA] that, in the event that…

Event
Nov 12, 2008 @ 2:00 PM

The Google-Publishers Copyright Lawsuit Settlement

Join Jeffrey Cunard, one of the lead counsel for McGraw Hill and other publishers in their landmark copyright lawsuit against Google for its Google Library book search project, as…

News
Nov 10, 2008

CMLP and Cyberlaw Clinic Urge Broad Reading of the Massachusetts Anti-SLAPP Statute

The Citizen Media Law Project, together with the Online News Association, Media Bloggers Association, New England Press Association, and Globe Newspaper Company, publisher of The…

News
Oct 27, 2008

HLS Students: Winter and Spring 2009 Clinical Enrollment This Week!

Enrollment for Harvard Law Students in the Cyberlaw Clinic for the Winter and Spring 2009 terms begins today, and students interested in the Cyberlaw Clinic are encouraged to…

Event
Sep 25, 2008 @ 6:30 PM

Giant Robots, Circumvention, and the Digital Millenium Copyright Act

StorageTek v. CHE, a technical talk by Christian Hicks, Elysium Digital

Christian Hicks, founder of Elysium Digital, discussed the case StorageTek v. CHE. This talk was co-sponsored by the Berkman Cyberlaw Clinic, the Harvard Computer Society, and the…

News
Sep 5, 2008

United States v. Microsoft: 10 Years Later

one week away!

There is one week left to register for the "United States v. Microsoft: 10 Years Later" conference at Harvard Law School, hosted by the Berkman Center, taking place next Friday…

News
Jul 29, 2008

Citizen Media Law Project Completes Launch of Online Guide to Media Law

The Citizen Media Law Project (CMLP) announced today that it has completed the launch of its Citizen Media Legal Guide. The free guide, which is intended for use by bloggers,…

News
Jun 4, 2008

Thank You, Students and Research Assistants!

As Harvard prepares for commencement later this week, with possibility and sunshine on the horizon, we at Berkman can’t enter the summer without offering tremendous thanks and…

News
May 13, 2008

Upward!

Phil Malone promoted to Clinical Professor at Harvard Law

The Berkman Center heartily congratulates Phil Malone on his promotion to Clinical Professor of Law. Phil is no stranger to the Center; he has been the director of our Cyberlaw…

News
Mar 25, 2008

New Harvard Law seminar: Child Exploitation, Pornography & the Internet

The Cyberlaw Clinic introduces a new seminar: Child Exploitation, Pornography & the Internet. The course is co-taught by Diane Rosenfeld and Cyberlaw Clinic Assistant Director…

News
Mar 17, 2008

Cyberlaw Clinic update

online gaming patent reexamination request granted

At the beginning of February, Berkman Cyberlaw Clinic Director Phil Malone reported that the Electronic Frontier Foundation had formally challenged a bogus online gaming patent --…

News
Feb 29, 2008

The Berkman Center Announces Formation of Internet Safety Task Force to Identify and Develop Online Safety Tools

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society today announced that it will head a newly formed Internet Safety Technical Task Force...

News
Feb 28, 2008

The Berkman Center Announces Formation of Internet Safety Task Force to Identify and Develop Online Safety Tools

More than 20 Organizations including AOL, AT&T, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, MySpace, NCMEC, Symantec, Verizon and Yahoo! Join Task Force.

Berkman Center To Lead New Task Force Comprised of Prominent Internet Businesses, Non-Profits, Academics and Technology Companies.

News
Feb 27, 2008

Berkman Center’s Citizen Media Law Project and Cyberlaw Clinic Challenge Injunctions Against Wikileaks and Dynadot

The Berkman Center's Citizen Media Law Project (CMLP) and Cyberlaw Clinic have joined a coalition of media and public interest organizations in filing an amici curiae brief urging…

News
Feb 27, 2008

Berkman Center’s Citizen Media Law Project and Cyberlaw Clinic Challenge Injunctions Against Wikileaks and Dynadot

CAMBRIDGE, MA. – The Berkman Center for Internet & Society’s Citizen Media Law Project (CMLP) and Cyberlaw Clinic have joined a coalition of media and public interest…

News
Feb 4, 2008

Berkman Cyberlaw Clinic Students Flex Their Muscles

Last week Berkman’s Cyberlaw Clinic and its hardworking students contributed mightily to three separate projects in the public interest…The Electronic Frontier Foundation formally…

News
Feb 1, 2008

Cyberlaw Clinic Helps Challenge Bogus Online Gaming Patent

From Cyberlaw Clinic Director Phil Malone .


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Bloomberg Law

From Harvard to Berkeley, Clinics Train Next-Gen Tech Lawyers

Kendra Albert and Christopher Bavitz share how the Cyberlaw Clinic prepares students to address the biggest issues in cyberspace.

Aug 25, 2021
Protocol

The software industry dodges an API tax in Oracle decision

Kendra Albert weighs in on Supreme Court's fair-use decision

Apr 5, 2021
Cyberlaw Clinic

Cyberlaw Clinic teams with Cathy O’Neil for HUD Comment

The comment concerns proposed revisions to the so-called “disparate impact” rule

Oct 21, 2019
Cyberlaw Clinic

Cyberlaw Clinic Releases Fall 2019 Style Guide

General tips for strong, clear, persuasive writing; advice on editing; style rules; and more

Aug 13, 2019
The Cyberlaw Clinic

Clinic Files Amicus Brief Arguing for Broader Access to Government Databases Through FOIA

Providing aggregate data access to media professionals

Mar 29, 2019
The Hill

Nunes Faces Tough Odds with Twitter Lawsuit

A Twitter lawsuit and protected forms of speech

Mar 23, 2019
Cyberlaw Clinic

How Podcast Platforms Respond to Hate Speech: Clinic Releases New Memo

The Cyberlaw Clinic shares a new memorandum on content regulation policy for the podcasting community

Nov 29, 2018
Cyberlaw Clinic

A Victory for Software Preservation

DMCA Exemption Granted for SPN

The HLS Cyberlaw Clinic helped receive an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act anti-circumvention provisions to allow libraries, archivists, museums, and other…

Oct 26, 2018
Law360

Harvard Cyberlaw Clinic Backs Airbnb In Rowdy Guest Suit

Our Cyberlaw Clinic has urged the Ninth Circuit court not to touch a lower court decision ending a corporate landlord's lawsuit accusing Airbnb of helping tenants break building…

Sep 28, 2018

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