Harvard Law School Berkman Center for Internet & Society The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School


The following is a brief list of the most frequently asked questions about the Berkman Center. Please feel free to email us at cyber@law.harvard.edu if you have a question we haven't answered here.

When was the Berkman Center established?

In 1996, Harvard Law School professor Charles Nesson and Jonathan Zittrain established what was then called the "Center on Law and Technology" at Harvard Law School. The Center grew out of a seminar with Arthur Miller, David Marglin, and Tom Smuts in 1994 on cutting-edge Internet issues. The Center set out "to explore and understand cyberspace, its development, dynamics, norms, standards, and need or lack thereof for laws and sanctions." A gift of $5.4 million in 1997 from the Berkman family--Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman, and their son Myles--underwrote Nesson's vision. Lawrence Lessig was awarded the Berkman professorship. The Center on Law and Technology then changed its name to the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, and has steadily expanded ever since.


Is the Berkman Center part of Harvard Law School?

Yes it is. The Harvard Law faculty provides the mainstay of our research and Harvard Law students participate at all levels in our exploration of the relationship between Law (writ large) and cyberspace. We offer research support to faculty and teach a variety of cyberlaw courses--many in collaboration with other Harvard schools and MIT--integrating what we do with the larger mission of the University.

We are not associated in any fashion, however, with admission to any of the Harvard Law School academic programs. To learn more about these programs, please visit the Harvard Law School Admissions website.

Please note that the Berkman Center does not award degrees.


Who handles press inquiries?

Patrick McKiernan handles media relations for the Berkman Center. Send your inquiry to pmckiernan@cyber.law.harvard.edu or call 617-384-9100.


How do I contact Berkman Center faculty, fellows or affiliates?

If you are a member of the press with a query, please contact Patrick McKiernan at pmckiernan@cyber.law.harvard.edu or 617-384-9100.

Otherwise, please see our people directory for the contact information for individuals.


Where do I find information about your online learning series?

Information about the BOLD series is posted here. You will also find instructions on how to register for a series.


Where do I find more information about the Berkman Center?

Our website is the most abundant and up-to-date source of information about the Berkman Center, its objectives, and its endeavors, but we also have some more general, printed informational materials available that you can request by sending an email to cyber@law.harvard.edu. In the subject line of your message, write "Informational Materials." In the body of your message, please briefly describe your particular area of interest.

You can also sign up for email alerts about Berkman Center projects on our signup page.


How do I find out about upcoming events?

We invite you to visit our "Upcoming Events" box on the Berkman home page.

You may also wish to subscribe to our electronic newsletter, The Filter, or sign up for email alerts about upcoming events.


How can I get involved with the Berkman Center?

There are innumerable (and overlapping) ways to get involved with the Berkman Center--as a financial supporter, a volunteer, an intern, a fellow, a conference participant, or an online lecture and discussion series participant, to name a few.

  • Click here to learn more about our fellowship opportunities.
  • Click here to learn more about Berkman internships. 
  • Click here to learn about our current employment opportunities.
  • Click here to learn more about our online lecture and discussion series.

For other inquiries, please send an email message to cyber@law.harvard.edu describing the capacity in which you wish to become involved with the Berkman Center.


Does the Berkman Center provide legal assistance?

As a general rule, the Berkman Center does not (and cannot) provide legal assistance. However, Harvard Law School students occasionally contribute to cyber-related cases as clinical work, under the supervision of a Berkman Center-affiliated faculty member.

For local area residents in need of legal assistance, we suggest that you visit the website for the Attorney General of Massachusetts.


Can you help me follow up with a conference presenter/speaker?

We are ready to help you follow up with one of our conference presenters/speakers. Simply send an email to cyber@law.harvard.edu that briefly identifies whom you wish to contact and why.


What is your privacy policy?

The Berkman Center's privacy policy appears here.