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 2021 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 Crime Law
- Cybersecurity in Context
- Cybersecurity Law and Policy
- Intellectual Property Law
- Patent Law
- Information Privacy Law
- Trademark Law
- Regulated Digital Industries (Telecomm. Law & Policy)
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 Ray, 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:
- Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative (BERC)
- Berkeley Technology Law Journal (BTLJ)
- Berkeley Journal of Entertainment and Sports Law
- Blockchain @ Berkeley Law
- Bringing Law Into Science & Society (BLISS)
- Healthcare & Biotech Law Society
- Global Corporate Governance Law at Berkeley
- Legal Automation Workshop
- Patent Law Society (PLS)
- Privacy Law at Berkeley (PrivLAB)
- Space Law Society
- Sports and Entertainment Law Society (SELS)
- Tech & Public Interest Law & Policy (TPILP)
- Tech-related Field Placement
- Tech-related SLPs (check first with BCLT)
- Women in Tech Law (WiTL)
Students may request to have another law and technology-related activity approved, such as a moot court competition relating to intellectual property.