• Curriculum in Law and Technology

    Education at the intersection of law and technology in the heart of Silicon Valley

    Teaching law for practice.

    UC Hastings is committed to the changing nature of law.

    The law and technology curriculum at UC Hastings prepares students to be the kinds of future facing lawyers that will shape the future of law in both the private and public sectors.

  • Concentration in Technology and Innovation

    in the Practice of Law

    The Technology and Innovation in the Practice of Law concentration prepares students to challenge the status quo as technology and globalization accelerate change in the delivery of legal services.


    Learn more about the concentration and its requirements on the UC Hastings website. If you have questions, please reach out to Concentration Advisor Professor Alice Armitage.

  • Course Offerings

    Courses in law, technology, and innovation are available to UC Hastings students in their 2L and 3L years

    Legal Operations for Lawyers

    Professors Alice Armitage and Drew Amerson | Fall Semester

    Legal operations (or "legal ops") provides the strategic planning, financial management, project management, and technology expertise to support and strengthen the delivery of legal services. In this course, students will learn about the economic forces currently impacting legal departments and law firms. Leading experts in the field of legal operations will be making presentations on a specific topic in many of the classes. These guest instructors will bring their own examples of real-world problems they faced and ask the students to solve them.

    Building a Legal Tech Startup

    Professor Alice Armitage | Spring Semester

    This course focuses on teaching students the entrepreneurial mindset and business principles that underlie the formation of a startup. Students will learn by doing: design thinking, lean startup, team building, agile development as well as business model canvas and value proposition creation methods will first be studied and then used by students to develop the fundamentals of their own legal tech startup. The final for the class will take the form of a pitch competition by each student to a panel of legal tech entrepreneurs and experts.

    Access to Justice, Design Thinking, and Homelessness in California

    Professor Alice Armitage | Fall Semester

    This course will teach problem-solving for complex issues, using legal research, design-thinking and other inter-disciplinary techniques to address the challenges faced by much of the Homeless Population in San Francisco.

    Startup Legal Garage

    Professors Alice Armitage and Paul Belonick | Fall and Spring Semesters

    The Startup Legal Garage provides startups with legal resources, free of charge. The program provides students with hands-on experience working directly with startups and attorneys serving the startup community.

    Regulation of Emerging Technologies

    Professors Alison Drutchas and Shane Glynn | Fall Semester

    Transformative technologies will continue to reshape how we live, work, learn, and play. In this course we will study how the law has evolved around new technologies. In particular, we'll explore the present and future impacts of automated driving systems, 3D printing, transportation network platforms, commercial drones, and blockchain. We will also challenge ourselves to think creatively about how regulatory landscapes should be built.

    California Privacy Law

    Professor Lothar Determann | Spring Semester

    California privacy law is constantly evolving and leading the United States and other countries. In this course, students will be introduced to key aspects of U.S. Federal and California privacy law and explore this interesting field by working through research and writing assignments relating to the instructor's handbook, California Privacy Law - Practical Guide and Commentary, 3d Ed. 2018. Throughout the semester, students will work through reading, research and graded writing assignments.


    Professor Chuck Ragan | Spring Semester

    The recent expansion of electronic discovery in civil litigation raises a host of practical, technical and ethical issues for both lawyers and clients. The volume of potentially discoverable electronically stored information (ESI) is growing exponentially. Much of that ESI is stored on widely dispersed, unconnected, outdated or downright inaccessible systems. As a number of recent, high profile cases illustrate, the stakes for both lawyers and clients are high. This course covers up-to-date developments in the doctrines governing e-discovery, as well as the practical, technical and ethical issues discussed above.

    Internet Law

    Professor Tal Niv | Spring Semester

    This seminar will survey key legal issues in Internet law, including intellectual property ("Who owns your MySpace?"), electronic commerce ("Is a click a contract?"), content regulation ("What if a kid sees that?"), privacy and anonymity ("Who can tell I'm reading Perez Hilton?"), unauthorized access ("When is hacking a crime?"), and Internet governance ("Who's in charge here?"). Readings will focus on the latest developments in each of these areas. No technical background is required; supplementary readings will be available for those without basic knowledge of Internet technology and intellectual property law.

    Democracy, Technology, and Security

    Professor Chimène Keitner | Spring Semester

    This colloquium offers students the opportunity to hear from and interact with experts in the fields of national security law, cyberlaw, and social media regulation, while providing a forum for students to produce papers based on their individual research interests within these fields. The colloquium will cover topics related to Russian election interference, cross-border regulation of speech and data, and international law in cyberspace.

    Venture Capital & Start-Up

    Professor Rachel Proffitt | Spring Semester

    This course will focus on the role of venture capital in the organization and development of the startup technology company, with emphasis on both the legal and business perspectives of this subject. The course will feature a number of guest speakers to share their experience from a real world perspective, including venture capitalists from Silicon Valley-based venture capital funds, executives from existing venture-backed technology companies, attorneys from local law firms that concentrate in the technology area, and others

  • Certifications Available to Students

    UC Hastings students can supplement their coursework with a privacy certification

    Privacy Pathways Program

    UC Hastings is one of a select few law schools to partner with the IAPP to offer this credentialing program.

    Administered by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), the CIPP certification is the global standard for expertise in privacy laws, regulations and frameworks.


    Through the Privacy Pathways program, current UC Hastings students are eligible for a deeply discounted student certification package that includes IAPP membership, training materials, and registration for one certification exam.


    Interested students should contact the Director of LexLab, Drew Amerson.

  • Dean David Faigman

    Meet the professors

    The leading minds in tech and innovation have come together to create this one of a kind curriculum and shape the future of legal education to come.

    Alice Armitage

    Director of Applied Innovation, UC Hastings

    Chief Executive Professor, LexLab

    Professor Alice Armitage is the Director of Applied Innovation at UC Hastings, overseeing both LexLab and the Startup Legal Garage. These two innovative programs are unique to UC Hastings and aim to prepare students for practicing law in today's legal space.

    Alison Drutchas

    Adjunct Professor at UC Hastings

    Policy and Product Counsel at Waymo

    Robin Feldman

    Director of the Institute for Innovation Law


    Professor Robin Feldman received a bachelor's degree from Stanford University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School, graduating the Order of the Coif and receiving the Urban A. Sontheimer Award for graduating second in the class. Professor Feldman also served in the Articles Department of the Stanford...​

    Morris Ratner

    Academic Dean

    Professor Ratner (BA, Stanford University 1988; JD, Harvard Law School 1991) is the chief academic officer of UC Hastings. Professor Ratner teaches civil procedure, legal ethics, and the business of law practice, and produces scholarship at the intersection of those fields. He joined the UC Hastings...​

    Ugo Mattei

    Distinguished Professor of Law & Hanna Fromm Chair in International and Comparative Law

    Rachel Proffit

    Adjunct Professor, UC Hastings

    Partner, Cooley LLP


    Rachel practices corporate and securities law and represents public and private clients, as well as venture capital and investment banking firms and other institutional investors, across a broad range of industries. Her practice focuses on general corporate and complex transactional matters, including venture capital transactions, public and private securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions and other strategic transactions, and public-company disclosure and corporate governance. Prior to joining Cooley, Rachel was a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

    Shane Glynn

    Adjunct Professor, UC Hastings

    General Counsel and Cofounder, MobileCoin

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