BCLT provides administrative and financial support to the below student groups. These groups concentrate on specific legal skills or areas of the law, including public interest, allowing students to supplement their law school education with invaluable law & technology–focused activities.
BERC@BoaltBERC@Boalt is the law school branch of the Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative a student-led organization which aims to connect and educate the UC Berkeley energy and resources community. The group acts as a bridge between the University's many schools, programs, and labs, and forges connections with the larger cleantech and energy cluster growing in the Bay Area and beyond.
BERC@Boalt helps to inform law students about current legal practice and advances in the fields of energy, climate and clean technologies through curriculum development, an expanding alumni and professional network, the promotion of events and discussions centered on green issues, and creation of a Career Guide for Energy, Climate and CleanTech Law.
The group also connects members to industry professionals and graduate students in other UC Berkeley departments to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration, research and project development.
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The Berkeley Technology Law Journal (“BTLJ”) is a student-run publication of the Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley. BTLJ began as the High Technology Law Journal, publishing its first issue in Spring 1986. The Journal covers emerging issues of law in the areas of intellectual property and biotechnology; BTLJ strives to keep judges, policymakers, practitioners and the academic community abreast of the dynamic field of technology law.
The Journal’s membership of approximately 165 students publishes three issues of scholarly work each year, as well as the Annual Review of Law and Technology. The Annual Review is a distinctive issue of the Journal published in collaboration with the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology and is dedicated to student-written casenotes discussing the most important recent developments in intellectual property, antitrust, First Amendment, telecommunications, biotechnology and business law. In addition, the Journal co-sponsors an annual symposium on a salient area of technology law.
In addition to the Journal’s primary mission of publishing quality articles on the relationship between technology and the law, BTLJ has organized conferences in conjunction with the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology on a variety of topics. For each conference, BTLJ publishes a symposium issue, in which leading academics have published cutting edge scholarship on the issues raised at the conference.
boalt.org is Berkeley Law's public interest and technology group. Its activities fall into three main categories.
First, boalt.org works to make information technology more useful and accessible to students at Berkeley Law. It does this by advocating for additional computing resources, advising the faculty and administration on how proposed changes to computing services will affect students, and providing hosting for student group websites.
Second, boalt.org advocates on behalf of the public interest in debates over law and technology. For example, it has previously called for protections for anonymous speech online, a vibrant public domain, and stronger fair use protections,
Third, boalt.org provides a community and social activities for those who might best be described as law and tech geeks. Familiarity with Internet memes, a desire to "hack", and a love of LAN parties are signs that you may in fact be such a geek.
Consumer Advocacy and Protection Society (CAPS)
The Berkeley Consumer Advocacy and Protection Society (CAPS) is dedicated to fostering research, discussion, and advocacy in the field of Consumer Protection Law. We are committed to strengthening ties between consumer law groups and the Berkeley Law community. We work to: create networks between consumer law attorneys, advocacy organizations, and the Berkeley Law student body in order to promote the field of consumer protection law and provide training opportunities for students; foster community among student advocates whose interests intersect with consumer protection; and encourage and maintain consumer protection curriculum and clinic opportunities at Berkeley Law.
Healthcare and Biotech Law Society
The Boalt Healthcare and Biotech Law Society is a group of law students who are interested in examining and analyzing the intersection between law, society, policy, and science.
Our mission is to stimulate the intellectual and professional development of Boalt students interested in health and/or biotech law. We provide a forum for students with a broad range of interests.
The Boalt Hall Patent Law Society is organized to serve as a focus group for students interested in practicing patent law; to provide a forum for students to have in-depth discussions regarding patent law; to engage patent law practitioners to share their experiences with students; and to provide opportunities for students to interact, network, and exchange ideas.
Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic
The Samuelson Law, Technology and Public Policy Clinic at Boalt Hall was the first clinic in the country to provide law students with the opportunity to represent the public interest in cases and matters on the cutting-edge of high technology law.
Since January 2001, students participating in the Clinic have worked with leading lawyers in nonprofit organizations, government, private practice, and academia to represent clients on a broad range of legal matters including Internet free speech and online and wireless privacy.
Students have represented clients before the Federal Communications Commission on issues of privacy and wireless communication technology, participated in the writing of amicus curiae briefs in the Yahoo! case in support of free speech, and collaboratively developed an online resource center to assist the public in dealing with a variety of Internet legal issues, including copyright, trademark, and patent infringement.
In addition to having the opportunity to put their high technology skills to use for the benefit of real clients, students in the Clinic participate in a seminar that joins the theory and practice of law. In the seminar, students learn and discuss underlying legal principles, explore the practice and theory of public interest representation, and “workshop” their cases.
Students participating in the Clinic play an integral role in defining how civil liberties and other public values will be protected in an increasingly high-tech world.
The mission of Boalt's Sports and Entertainment Law Society (SELS) is to educate the Boalt Hall community about legal opportunities and issues in the entertainment and sports industries. SELS also strives to facilitate opportunities for students to network not only with each other, but also with legal professionals in these industries. SELS regularly sponsors many events during the academic year, including both guest lectures and social events. SELS thereby provides a resource for students to connect with alumni and other industry-leading professionals and seek employment opportunities in the sports and entertainment industries.
If you are interested in finding out more, contact the Sports and Entertainment Law Society through e-mail: email@example.com
Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) is an initiative linking members of universities in the US, the UK, and Canada who are concerned that the research, patenting and licensing policies of academic institutions are restricting access to medicines in poor countries. In cooperation with top experts in international medicine access and technology transfer, UAEM has created a unique contract that universities can adopt to increase access to medical innovations in developing countries while maintaining or even improving drug development.
UAEM chapters are forming at universities across the country to advocate for policy change. Here at Berkeley, students from law, medicine, business and public health have started a chapter and are looking for other interested students to join.