• 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 firms, in-house legal teams, consultancies, and public institutions.

  • 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

    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

    This course will teach problem-solving for complex issues, using legal research, design-thinking and other inter-disciplinary techniques to delve into the legal issues that prevent many of the Homeless Population in San Francisco.

    The Startup Legal Garage

    Professor Alice Armitage and Professor Paul Belonick

    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.

    Law of Emerging Technology

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    This course covers changes in administrative law as new technologies upend the slow-moving regulatory process.

    The Privacy Curriculum

    Multiple Professors

    • CA Privacy
    • Federal Privacy
    • Compliance: Privacy 


    Multiple Professors

    This course covers upto-date developments in the doctrines governing ediscovery, as well as the practical, technical and ethical issues discussed above.

  • 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 Law and Technology Programming, UC Hastings


    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.

    Francis McGovern

    Adjunct Professor - Artificial Intelligence

    A pioneer in the use of alternative dispute resolution techniques to improve the litigation process, Francis McGovern—who will join UC Hastings as a visiting professor in January 2018—has played a key role in some of the largest-scale mass claim cases in recent history. As a court-appointed special master (some call him the “master of all special masters”), he has developed solutions to headline-making mass claim litigation...

    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



    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...​

    Cecily Mak

    Cecily Mak is the Chief Revenue Officer and General Counsel at Flipboard, Inc. She is also a published author, teaches digital media law at UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, and serves as an active advisory board member to a number of domestic and international early-stage startups in the digital media/tech industries.

    In her capacity as CRO she oversees ongoing innovation and operations across the company’s various global business teams including direct sales, revenue strategy, business development and publisher relations. As General Counsel, Cecily oversees all of the company’s legal matters, including governance, fundraising, securities law, commercial agreements and transactions, litigation, intellectual property, and supporting Flipboard's joint venture and M&A transactions.

    Rachel Proffit

    Adjunct Professor Rachel Proffitt is a partner at 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.

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