• 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 commited 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.

  • Courses Offered

    Courses in the law and technology curriculum are available to UC Hastings School of Law students in their 2L and 3L years

    Building a Legal Tech Startup

    Professor Alice Armitage | Spring Semester

    This course focuses on teaching students the business principles that underlie the formation of a startup. Students will learn by doing: lean startup methods will be studied and then used to develop and build a legal tech startup.

    Technology and Access to Justice: Hacking the Legal Issues of the Homeless Population in San Francisco

    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.

    The 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

    Privacy laws in California are constantly evolving and leading the United States and other countries. This course will provide students with an introduction to key aspects of U.S. federal and California privacy law and an opportunity to work on exploring this interesting field. Sessions consist of a lecture-style presentation of about 30 minutes, followed by interactive discussion of practical and policy implications and research assignments.

    E-Discovery

    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 Profffit | 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

  • 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 Law and Technology Programming 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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