UC Berkeley School of Law’s Law and Technology Program offers unparalleled opportunities for students interested in intellectual property and technology law.
The centerpiece of this program is the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (BCLT). BCLT was established in 1995 to respond to Berkeley Law students’ significant interest in intellectual property and technology law. Home to the Berkeley Technology Law Journal (previously known as the High Technology Law Journal)–one of the nation’s oldest and most respected technology law journals–as well as faculty with national stature in intellectual property and technology law, BCLT and the UC Berkeley School of Law offers students an educational experience unmatched anywhere in the country.
Berkeley Law students interested in BCLT should look at the 2019-2020 New Student Handbook (pdf).
Beginning with the course Introduction to Intellectual Property and continuing with a wide variety of core and specialized courses–taught by Berkeley Law faculty members as well as leading technology law practitioners from Silicon Valley and elsewhere–students have access to a curriculum of unsurpassed breadth and depth. Students can also earn a Certificate in Law & Technology.
BCLT extends beyond the classroom, providing students a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in a world of technology. Through its curricular development, conferences, symposia, judicial education programs and other efforts, BCLT provides a forum where distinguished faculty from throughout the university, law students, leading lawyers and entrepreneurs from the Bay Area and elsewhere, and national policymakers can exchange ideas about the increasingly important intersection of law and technology.
Capitalizing on its location at the University of California, Berkeley, the world’s foremost research university, and near Silicon Valley, the engine of the information economy, Berkeley Law has developed outstanding law and technology course offerings. In addition to traditional core intellectual property courses, the curriculum includes a wide range of advanced intellectual property offerings and cutting-edge law and technology courses.
Berkeley Law is also involved in cross-disciplinary programs with other Berkeley schools and departments, including the Haas School of Business, the Department of Economics, the Department of Computer Science, the Department of City and Regional Planning, the Goldman School of Public Policy, and the School of Information Management and Systems.
Our law and technology offerings begin with the courses Introduction to Intellectual Property and Cyberlaw, and expand from there to include a broad range of advanced and related courses. These courses are taught by Berkeley Law’s regular faculty, as well as by top practitioners and corporate counsel from the Bay Area’s leading law firms and technology companies. Students thus have an opportunity to interact with and learn from leading intellectual property and technology law scholars, as well as individuals on the front line of technology law practice, who bring their real-world experience and knowledge into the classroom.