• 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 Semester

    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.

    The Privacy Curriculum

    Multiple Professors

    • CA Privacy
    • Federal Privacy
    • Compliance: Privacy
    • Data Privacy in California 


    Professor Chuck Ragan | Spring Semester

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

    Democracy, Technology, and Security

    Professor Chimène Keitner | Spring Semester

    Beginning Spring 2020

    Coding for Lawyers

    Multiple Professors | Spring Semester

    Beginning Spring 2020

    Law of the Internet

    Multiple Professors | Spring Semester

    Beginning Spring 2020

  • 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


    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

    Chief Revenue Officer and General Counsel, Flipboard, Inc.


    Cecily is 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, 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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