Institute for Information Law and Policy Tech Law Lab/Capstone Class 2007-2008
Profs. Grimmelmann, Johnson, Noveck, Sherwin
This year-long course seeks to train a new generation of lawyer: the one who can wield a wider array of tools (law, policy, technology) to solve complex social problems. The lawyer in the digital age must be able to think, not only in traditional legal terms, but also with an understanding of how information and communication work today. Put another way, the new jurist has to translate the values of law into the world of media, technology and communication. This class aims to inculcate these skills through collaborative work on real-world projects that leverage hi- tech tools to promote civil liberties and social justice, promote open access to law and legal information, foster collective action and deepen democracy. In this class, students work in small group teams. Each team has a faculty mentor as well as a client. These are all real projects with serious, real-world impact.
Descriptions for: Virtual Company (Johnson), Open Access Law (Grimmelmann), New York Law School Visual History (Sherwin) and IP Matrix (Noveck) Projects follow.