LL.M. Law & Technology Certificate

The Berkeley Center for Law & Technology offers a specialized certificate program for LL.M. students that recognizes successful completion of a course of study focused on technology law.


The final deadline for submitting the application is July 1 of the student’s graduation year

However, if students wish to be noted in the graduation program as having received the certificate, they must submit the application by April 1* of their graduation year.

*We understand that the paper you intend to use to fulfill the writing requirement may not be due for class until after April 1. If this is the case, please submit a draft of the paper with your application by April 1, so that BCLT can provide preliminary approval of your application. Those with preliminary approval will be listed in the commencement program. It is then up to you to follow up and submit the final paper. We will not grant the certificate until the final paper has been submitted for review.

Submission Process

Complete the online application form by clicking on the button below. Note: Paper applications are no longer accepted.

Program Requirements

The Law and Technology Program requires satisfactory completion of four courses and a research paper, as well as participation in law and technology student organization.

The program includes:

1. Completion of at least two of the following core courses:

        • Copyright
        • Introduction to Intellectual Property
        • Patent Law
        • Privacy Law
        • Trademark Law
        • Trade Secrets

2. Completion of at least two additional Law & Technology courses.

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Courses cross-listed in the Intellectual Property and Technology Law category are not pre-approved to count toward the course component. Students may seek permission to count a cross-listed course toward the certificate requirements by contacting BCLT at bclt@law.berkeley.edu.

3. A writing component, fulfilled by researching and writing a 15 to 20 page research memorandum addressing a compelling issue in law and technology. To meet this requirement, students should submit a paper written for a course at Berkeley Law, including a LAW 299 individual research-and-writing project.

4. An activity component, fulfilled by substantial participation in at least one approved activity for two semesters, or two approved activities for one semester. This requirement is designed to encourage students to develop collaborative working skills and to complement the substantive knowledge derived from course-related work. The list of approved activities will be reviewed periodically by BCLT. Participating in the following activities satisfies the activity component:

      • BERC @ Boalt
      • Boalt.org
      • Berkeley Information Privacy Law Association
      • Berkeley Technology Law Journal
      • Berkeley Journal of Entertainment and Sports Law
      • Consumer Advocacy and Protection Society
      • Healthcare & Biotech Law Society
      • Patent Law Society
      • Sports and Entertainment Law Society
      • Tech-related Field Placement
      • UAEM (University Allied for Essential Medicines)

 Students may request to have another law and technology-related activity approved, such as a moot court competition relating to intellectual property.