BCLT Law & Technology J.D. and LL.M. Certificate Reception – April 22, 2015
BCLT hosted a Law & Technology certificate reception at UC Berkeley School of Law located in the Steinhart Courtyard to congratulate the J.D. and LL.M. students who submitted their application on April 1 and successfully fulfilled the certificate program requirements.
Congratulations to the 2015 J.D. and LL.M. certificate recipients!
Announcement from the Executive Director Jim Dempsey – April 27, 2015
It has come to the attention of the BCLT Faculty Directors that some graduating 3Ls who have taken many law and technology courses, completed a major writing project, and satisfied the activity requirement did not fully meet the formal requirements for the Law & Technology Certificate and for that reason did not apply for the certificate. For example, some students who completed more than three electives as well as the Law & Tech Writing Workshop and served on BTLJ for multiple semesters fell one core course short of meeting the formal requirements.
The Faculty Directors have confirmed that there should be some flexibility in the application of the certificate requirements. BCLT is offering a variance process for substituting other curricular and extra-curricular activities for a shortfall in the formal requirements. We welcome students who are close to meeting the L&T certificate requirements to 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)
Please submit your variance request as soon as possible, but not later than May 12, 2015. We will notify you of our decision by May 15, 2015. Although it is too late to include your name in the graduation program, we will be able to provide you with a physical certificate by July 1, 2015.