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.
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.
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.