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As BCLT has broadened its mission beyond the intellectual property core to encompass electronic commerce, entertainment law, telecommunications regulation, cyberlaw, privacy, and many other areas of constitutional and business law that are affected by new information technologies. BCLT has developed the world’s most comprehensive and innovative program in law and technology. This program features three essential components:
- strong foundational courses taught by Boalt faculty using their own leading casebooks;
- diverse, challenging and regularly updated advanced courses taught by leading faculty and practitioners; and
- closely supervised analytic writing- and research-oriented courses with a specific emphasis on law and technology issues.
Each year, the Berkeley Technology Law Journal and BCLT publish the Annual Review of Law and Technology, which includes two dozen student articles on the leading developments of the prior year. Other opportunities for students to develop their skills include working with the Samuelson Law, Technology and Public Policy Clinic and the Berkeley Technology Law Journal, the first student-edited journal to focus on the intersection of law and technology. Many students go beyond these curricular opportunities, working with BCLT to organize important educational, public policy and research events throughout the academic year. The Center provides students with many opportunities to meet leading practitioners in the law and technology field. More than 40 law firms and companies sponsor BCLT and participate in a wide variety of events at Boalt Hall. BCLT holds at least one major conference and multiple smaller roundtable events each year.