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.
Complete the 2020 online application form by clicking on the button below.
The Law and Technology Certificate Program requires:
1. Completion of at least two of the following core courses:
- Computer Law
- Computer Crime Law
- Cybersecurity in Context
- Cybersecurity Law and Policy
- Intellectual Property Law
- Patent Law
- Information Privacy Law
- Trademark Law
- Telecomms, Broadcast and the Internet
2. Completion of at least five additional units of coursework in Law & Technology. Qualifying courses include all those listed under the Intellectual Property & Technology Law category in the list of course offerings at Berkeley Law. Courses cross-listed in the Intellectual Property and Technology Law category and other tech-law related courses may be counted toward the certificate requirements, but only with permission. Contact BCLT Assistant Director, Matthew Rat, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 may 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 Law
- Berkeley Information Privacy Law Association
- Berkeley Technology Law Journal
- Berkeley Journal of Entertainment and Sports Law
- Boalt.org (currently inactive)
- Bringing Law Into Science & Society (BLISS @ Berkeley Law)
- Healthcare & Biotech Law Society
- Patent Law Society
- Space Law Society @ Berkeley Law
- Sports and Entertainment Law Society
- Tech & Public Interest Law & Policy
- Tech-related Field Placement
- 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.