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Technology law offerings
Brooklyn Law School has served more than 1,000 clients through its Incubator & Policy Clinic (BLIP).
important focus. Dean Andrew Perlman
is leading an American Bar Association
(ABA) initiative on innovation, specifically to improve the delivery of legal services
using new legal technologies and process
The ABA recognized the school with
the 2016 Louis M. Brown Award for its
innovations that improve access to legal
assistance for moderate-income people.
Suffolk Law teaches students how to build
a low-bono law practice using legal tech
and process improvements.
In 2013, the school launched a Legal
Technology and Innovation concentration, one of the first formal programs in
the U.S. that equips students to compete
in this rapidly evolving arena.
"Technology is causing dramatic upheaval in the legal industry,"
said Perlman, who directs the school's
Institute on Law Practice Technology &
Innovation. "The new concentration is
designed to help students adapt to those
seismic changes so that they can more
effectively compete in the new legal marketplace."
Cybersecurity is a growing branch of
technology law, and some schools are adding cybersecurity programs. It's an area of
law that affects everyone, as everything
from your car to your thermostat can connect with your computer and your phone
to exchange information. No company is
immune to hacking, either. Forecasts call
for the cybersecurity market to reach $170
billion by 2020.
In the fall of 2015, Loyola Law School,
Los Angeles became the first law school
on the West Coast to offer a cybersecu-
rity and data privacy law specialization.
Courses include Cyber & IP Crimes, IP
in the Digital Age, and Technology &
Privacy. Students can also participate in
the Cybercrimes Moot Court competition.
Albany Law School began a concentration in Law and Cybersecurity last fall.
It's in collaboration with the University
at Albany's College of Emergency
Preparedness, Homeland Security and
"The security of our personal information and technological infrastructures
in business and government is an evergrowing concern," said Alicia Ouellette,
president and dean of Albany Law School.
Santa Clara Law
UC Berkeley School of Law
University of Washington
Brooklyn Law School
California Western School of Law
Emory University School of Law
SMU Dedman School of Law
Arizona State University
Case Western Reserve University
Fordham Law School
New York Law School
Notre Dame Law School
University of Missouri - KC
preLaw magazine graded law schools based on the
breadth of their curricular offerings. The score was
weighted as follows: 30% for a concentration, 24% for a
clinic, 12% for a center, 12% for an externship, 9% for a
journal, 8% for a student group and 5% for a certificate.
An A represents a score of 90% or higher, an A- is 78% to
89% and a B+ is 72% to 77%.
"The need for legal experts in this field
will only become greater as networks
expand and the value of data increases."
The George Washington University
Law School added a Cybersecurity Law
Initiative early this year. It aims to be a
center for progress in the evolving field,
and it will host regular events for students
and the public.
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