J.D. Law & Technology Certificate

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

DEADLINES

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.


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 Certificate requires satisfactory completion of six courses and a research paper, as well as participation in a law and technology student organization.

The program includes:

1. Completion of the core course Introduction to Intellectual Property.

2. Completion of at least two courses from the following list of core courses:

        • Copyright
        • Information Privacy Law
        • Fundamentals of Internet Law or Computer Law
        • Patent Law
        • Trademark Law
        • Trade Secrets

3. Completion of at least three additional Law & Technology courses in the Intellectual Property & Technology Law category.

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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.

4. A writing component, fulfilled by completing a publication-quality paper on a law and technology topic, such as a contribution to the Annual Review of Law & Technology through the Law and Technology Writing Workshop, or a LAW 299 individual research-and-writing project.
 

5. 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
      • Berkeley Information Privacy Law Association
      • Berkeley Technology Law Journal
      • Berkeley Journal of Entertainment and Sports Law
      • Boalt.org
      • Boalt Hall Space Law Society
      • 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)
      • Women in Tech Law

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


Variance Process

There is some flexibility in the application of the certificate requirements, allowing students to substitute other curricular and extra-curricular activities for a shortfall in the formal requirements. Students who are close to meeting the L&T certificate requirements may submit an L&T certificate application (see below) along with a brief (one paragraph) request for a variance. Among the types of requests that will be favorably reviewed are:

(1) I have taken one additional L&T “elective” course (four total) and at least one of my electives in conjunction with Intro to IP is a reasonable functional equivalent of a general core course (e.g., wine law in conjunction with Intro to IP overlaps with trademark law);
(2) I have taken two additional L&T “electives” (for a total of 5 electives); or
(3) I have some other basis for claiming functional equivalence of a core course (e.g., RA work, externship, extensive clinical work, other writing projects)